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12/20/2005 12:14 PM ET
Cubs name Tim Wilken Director of Amateur and Professional Scouting
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The Chicago Cubs today announced Tim Wilken has been hired as the director of amateur and professional scouting.

Wilken most recently served as the special assistant to the general manager in Tampa Bay, where he also assisted in overseeing the scouting department. Wilken joined the Devil Rays in 2003. Prior to that, he had spent his entire career in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, serving as an area scout, minor league coach and manager, national crosschecker, United States scouting director and vice president of baseball operations.

Cubs Vice President and General Manager Jim Hendry said, "We are thrilled to have Tim join the organization. To add him to our staff at this time of his year with his track record is a real plus. He is considered in our industry to be one of the finer amateur scouts and his track record for the Blue Jays speaks for itself."

Hendry added, "We also want to express our deep appreciation to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization for letting us both speak to and hire Tim at a point in the year when most clubs are working towards next season."

During his 27-year career, Wilken has seen a distinguished list of players signed and ushered into the big leagues, including: Derek Bell, Chris Carpenter, Carlos Delgado, Ryan Freel, Shawn Green, Roy Halladay, Steve Karsay, Billy Koch, Josh Phelps, Alex Rios, Vernon Wells and Michael Young. While with the Blue Jays, he contributed to the club's streak of seeing 11 straight first-round draft picks reach the major leagues.

In addition, during his 11 years after being promoted to national crosschecker of the Blue Jays, Toronto's draft was ranked in the top five each year - producing four Rawling Gold Glove winners and two Cy Young Award winners. In 2005, 16 products of the Blue Jays organization were on the All-Star Ballot and six were selected to the All-Star Team. In addition, in 2003, the Blue Jays were named Baseball America's organization of the year.

Wilken began his career in 1979 as an area scout for the Blue Jays and was named the national crosschecker in 1989 after spending time in the organization's minor leagues. He was promoted to Director of United States Scouting in 1995 and was named the Vice President of Baseball Operations in 2000.

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