About 2080 Baseball
Founded in 2015, 2080 Baseball offers insights into the world of minor league, international, and amateur scouting and player development by delivering feature articles, prospect videos, reports, podcasts, and rankings that cover the most talked about talent in the game. 2080 is guided by a leadership team with extensive major league scouting and front office experience with a vision of cultivating the next generation of scouts, and providing resources, tools, and exposure for experienced scouts to continue practicing their craft.
Dave DeFreitas – Partner & Director, Pro Evaluation
DeFreitas joins 2080 Baseball after spending the last nine years scouting for the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. From 2007-12, Dave lived in Tokyo and covered the Pacific Rim for the Indians. He served as Pacific Rim supervisor from 2009-12 before joining the New York Yankees, where he continued as a pro and international scout for the next two-plus years. Dave will be contributing his extensive knowledge of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) leagues during the season, as well as filing reports as he views prospects around the Los Angeles area.
Nick J. Faleris – Co-Founder & Director, Amateur Evaluation
Faleris is a practicing attorney in Foley & Lardner LLP’s finance group and is a member of the firm’s sports industry team. He has provided legal advice and operational support to various professional sports organizations, including franchise sales on both buyer and seller sides, asset-backed structured financings, and arbitration prep. Nick served as an associate scout for a National League organization for three MLB draft periods (2011-13) and has previously written for Baseball Prospectus, including serving as a primary author on the 2015 Baseball Prospectus Future’s Guide. He serves as the primary MLB Draft analyst for 2080, and as a special assignment pro-side evaluator.
Burke Granger – Partner & Assistant Director, Amateur Evaluation
Located in Columbus, Ohio, Granger travels the Midwest to evaluate amateur talent in preparation for the MLB Draft, while also covering the Triple-A International and Class A Midwest Leagues. In 2010, he launched ProspectJunkies.com, a site devoted to scouting, analyzing, and evaluating the top prospects in baseball. Granger also works as a scout, consultant, and advisor for Premier Scouting Service, LLC, where he connects college coaches with student athletes seeking athletic scholarships. Burke played baseball at Sinclair Community College, and holds a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School.
Ted Lekas – Senior Advisor, Baseball Operations & Special Assignment Scout
Lekas joins 2080 Baseball after 29 years of scouting for both the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles from 1988-2016. With the Blue Jays, his advance scouting assignments helped prepare for their postseason runs from 1991-93, including their World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, as well as their postseason runs to the ALCS in 2015 and 2016. He was also named their professional scout of the year in 2105. His coaching career at Quinsigamond C.C. (Worcester, MA) from 1981-87 led to his induction into the National Junior College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005 and also served on the Selection Committee for USA Baseballs’s 2008 bronze-medal-winning Beijing Olympic Team. Lekas will be covering prospects in the International, Eastern, Carolina, and NY-Penn Leagues, as well as special assignment scouting projects, and his full bio can be found here.
Mark Shreve – Co-Founder, Editor & Pro Evaluator
Shreve brings more than 25 years of senior leadership to the organization, most recently as CEO of the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis from 2001-09, and since then, as a consultant to several non-profits and biotech companies providing business development, communications, and operations expertise. Among the five nonprofits he has helped found was PBBC Under the Radar in 2008, working with fellow Board Members Joe Maddon and Kevin Long to provide scholarships for baseball players in need of financial assistance. Mark survived the New York Yankees from 1992-93 as a post-graduate intern in their media relations and baseball operations departments, and also served as a researcher statistical editor of Ted Williams: A Portrait in Words and Pictures (1991), and as a researcher/photo editor for DiMaggio: An Illustrated Life (1993). 2018 will be his sixth season working for MLB Advanced Media as a statistician, handling live scoring and on-field data collection for 50+ MLB games per year. You can also find Mark spending plenty of time at the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate in Trenton, evaluating Eastern League prospects, as well as various International League ballparks in the Northeast.
Adam McInturff – Assistant Director, Pro Evaluation
Prior joining 2080 Baseball in 2018, McInturff worked in the front office of both the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers. In addition, he has served as a senior prospect writer at Baseball Prospectus, and as a consultant to The Ballengee Group, a sports agency based in Dallas, TX. At 2080, McInturff oversees the day-to-day operations of the professional scouting group. In addition to scouting players across the country, he manages 2080’s informational SQL database, game schedules, budgeting, and internal preference lists. McInturff resides in his hometown of Washington, D.C.
A senior at the UNC-Chapel Hill, Bryant evaluates high school and college talent in the Raleigh-Durham area. In 2016, Bryant interned with Baseball America, traveling throughout the Southeast scouting the best high school prospects in the country. Bryant played baseball throughout his school career, and learned a great deal from playing against, and alongside, future top prospects including Brent Honeywell, Cornelius Randolph, and others. He is currently finishing up degrees in Exercise Science and Psychology, examining the aspects of mental strength in some of his player evaluations. He’ll be collecting video and evaluating this year’s top amateur talent as they pass through his home field, Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill.
John Eshleman – Senior Evaluator
Prior to joining 2080, Eshleman provided prospect evaluation and analysis for PiratesProspects.com (2012-13) and Baseball Prospectus as a member of their prospect team in 2017. Before his full-time commitment to scouting, Eshleman earned his Ph.D in Rural Sociology from Penn State University in 2016, followed by positions at North Carolina State and Duke Universities. In addition to scouting, he seeks to inform baseball’s use of social science theory and methods, both quantitative and qualitative. In 2018 he will cover spring training and Instructional League action in Arizona, as well as the the Rookie-level Appalachian League, the Class A Midwest League, the High A California League, and the Double-A Southern League.
Steve Givarz – Senior Evaluator
Givarz covers extended spring training, the High A Florida State League, the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, and Florida instructs for 2080 Baseball. Previously, he wrote for Baseball Prospectus. He is a graduate of Ohio University, and resides in Tampa, FL.
Spencer calls Bremerton, WA home (a suburb of Seattle). He played baseball throughout high school and went on to play community college baseball at Olympic College. After hanging up the cleats, he graduated from Central Washington University in 2015 with a Bachelors degree in broadcasting. Spencer is also a graduate of the Reality Fantasy Baseball scout school. He has a passion for the game and loves talking about and evaluating players, as well as the x’s and o’s side of baseball. He’ll be helping to cover the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and Short-Season A Northwest League for 2080.
Based in Japan, Steinman will be offering his insights into the Nippon Professional Baseball League (NPB), as well as following the top amateur talent throughout the Pacific Rim. He is the co-founder and CEO of Spraycharts, a baseball analytics company giving teams and players access to custom scouting reports through mobile applications, and has also spent the last four years as a writer and editor for The Spectator.
Ryan has spent the past eight years serving as Editor-in-Chief of NatsGM.com, a website dedicated to covering the Washington Nationals. In addition, he is the host of the Podcasts THE NatsGM Show and THE Joshua Kusnick Experience. You may also have seen his work at Banished to the Pen and Yahoo. Before pursuing a career in baseball, Ryan spent 9 years working as a Financial Advisor in Washington D.C. In 2018 he will focus on scouting and video procurement in the Carolina and South Atlantic League, along with a continuing focus on the Washington Nationals farm system. Ryan lives in Lewes, Delaware with his wife and two beagles, Nemo and Dory.
Meredith brings technology experience and analytics expertise to 2080 Baseball’s pro scouting group. Her responsibilities encompass video development, database construction/maintenance, social media, and intern training. Some of Wills’ most recent baseball endeavors include research showing the connection between baseball construction and the Home Run Surge, analytics contributions to Keith Law’s Smart Baseball, and the position of Official Scorer for the Northwoods League Fond du Lac Dock Spiders. A graduate of Harvard University, she has a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Physics from Montana State University—Bozeman. Wills currently resides in Glendale, AZ.
Jared has spent the last two years writing almost exclusively about the Cubs, but he is looking forward to building on his experiences in interviewing and writing about prospects, and expanding that reach with minor league coverage at 2080 Baseball, primarily covering Midwest League prospects. Along with his work here, you can find his work at Baseball Prospectus Wrigleyville and at Cubs Den, working with 2080’s John Arguello. When he’s not watching or writing about baseball, he teaches and reads baseball history. Jared lives in suburban Chicago with his wife and four young children who he shares his love of baseball with.
Strategic Advisory Board
Dan Evans – Director, Pacific Rim Operations, Toronto Blue Jays & Former General Manager, L.A. Dodgers
Joe Hamrahi – Co-Founder, 2080 Baseball; Fmr. President, Baseball Prospectus; Associate Scout, Kansas City Royals (2009); Member of BBWAA; Host, SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio (2012-16). COO/CFO, MBooth (New York, NY)
2080 Alumni in the Major Leagues
We’re particularly proud to have worked with several evaluators who have graduated to major league positions after contributing to 2080 Baseball:
Tucker Blair – Houston Astros (2016-17), Arizona Diamondbacks
Alexander Botts – Los Angeles Angels
Alec Dopp – Los Angeles Dodgers (2017)
Max Kraust – San Diego Padres
Mauricio Rubio – St. Louis Cardinals