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. We base our coverage on live views of prospects to deliver front office quality content, which in 2016 included more than 200 scouting reports, 300 prospect spotlights, and 575 prospect videos.
Dave DeFreitas, Head of Pro Evaluation
DeFreitas joins 2080 Baseball after spending the last nine years scouting for the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. From 2007-2012, Dave lived in Tokyo and covered the Pacific Rim for the Indians. He served as Pacific Rim supervisor from 2009-2012 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 & Head of 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 (2011-2013) 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 and a special assignment pro-side evaluator.
Ted Lekas, Senior Advisor, Baseball Operations and 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 1991-1993, 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 1981-1987 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 & Evaluator
Shreve brings more than 25 years of senior leadership to the organization, most recently as CEO of the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis from 2001-2009, 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). 2017 will be his fifth season working for MLB Advanced Media as a datacaster/statistician, handling live scoring and on-field data collection for about 35 Phillies games. 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 Eastern Region.
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
Alexander Botts – Los Angeles Angels
Alec Dopp – Los Angeles Dodgers
Max Kraust – San Diego Padres
Mauricio Rubio – St. Louis Cardinals
Melissa Lockard – Deputy Editor, Features
Melissa Lockard has covered the Oakland A’s — with a particular focus on player development — since 2004 for the Scout.com network. Since 2011, she has overseen Scout’s MLB network of sites and was the lead editor for the Scout/Fox Sports Annual Prospects Guide in 2011 and 2012. She has also covered prospects for Heater Magazine and the Graphical Player fantasy baseball guide.
John E. Gibson – Podcast Producer
Gibson is a veteran writer/page editor who has been working for Japan’s largest English newspaper, The Japan News, for more than 10 years. The Japan Baseball Weekly host and producer has been covering baseball in Japan since 1995.
A lifelong Chicagoan, John Arguello recently moved out to Arizona, where he now gets to see live baseball 10 months out of the year. John brings a great deal of prospect knowledge to 2080, being the Editor-in-Chief of Cubs Den, a Cubs-centric blog that is best known for its focus on prospects and the minor leagues. John is also the founder of Appraising Arizona, which analyzes prospects during extended spring training, the Arizona Rookie League, the instructional league, and the Arizona Fall League.
James Chipman enjoyed a 10-year career in corrections as a deputy sheriff in Florida and has since retired to a less demanding job. A resident of Orlando, FL, James regularly observes games in the Florida State League and Gulf Coast League, as well as Grapefruit League action. Chipman’s experience doesn’t end there, however. He’s also taken in games from the Midwest League, Eastern League and International League in eight states over the past few seasons. James started blogging about the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for the FanSided network in 2010. He moved on to Scout.com (TigsTown) as a MiLB correspondent for the 2012 season and has been with TigsTown for four seasons now, the last two primarily in a player evaluation role. James has also freelanced for The Detroit News sports department since 2013; last season producing weekly scouting reports on Tigers prospects. During the 2015 season, Chipman contributed to FanGraphs, covering prospects outside the Tigers organization.
Alexis is an IT professional who is passionate about baseball. Recently, she completed coursework on Baseball GM and Scouting as well as Baseball Analytics through Sports Management Worldwide with the goal to pursue a full-time career in baseball. Alexis will be basing her video and player evaluation coverage from the home park of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Giants.
Ryan is a freelance baseball writer and analyst. In the past, he’s had his work seen on such outlets as Baseball Prospectus, FanRag Sports, Cubs Den, the Chicago Tribune, and MLB.com. Ryan is a co-host on the BPWrigleycast podcast, as well as a full-time father and husband. He graduated from Penn State with a degree in Labor Studies and Employee Relations, with an emphasis on labor law. The majority of his prospect coverage and video work will be based near his home in Springfield, in the Class A Midwest League.
A student of the game for the last 16 years, Will eats, sleeps, and breathes baseball, from playing baseball in the backyard with his dad to now evaluating future big leaguers. After his playing days, he graduated from The University of Oregon’s sports marketing program, rated first in the country in 2015. He attended his first scout school in January 2015, and has since attended three more, including the MLB Scouting Bureau’s Scout School. He is a firm believer in the constant learning involved with the craft of scouting, and that drives him to be a better evaluator each day. A Goodyear, Arizona resident. he’ll be evaluating prospects during spring and extended spring training, as well as during the Rookie and Arizona Fall Leagues.
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. Passionate about discussing prospects, his work has been featured on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.
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.
Billy lives in the Atlanta, GA area. After his playing career ended, he has spent the past six years as coaching at the high school and amateur travel/showcase levels, while serving as a recruiting coordinator at the college level. He will be covering the Sally and International Leagues, as well as reporting on amateur prospects and showcase events throughout the Southeast region.
Ozella is a recent graduate of the Five Tools Scout School at Reality Fantasy Baseball, and also has a Master’s Degree in Sport Performance and Psychology. He’ll be applying that expertise for baseball features over time, in addition to evaluating pro and amateur prospects around his home in Santa Cruz, CA.
Mike joins 2080 as our eyes and ears on the Nippon Professional Baseball League (NPB). He currently lives and works in Tokyo, and will be keeping an eye on the top Japanese players who could be getting ready to jump to the major leagues over the next few seasons. His coverage is featured in our semi-weekly NPB Update newsletter.
Emily is based in Grand Rapids, MI and has covered the Tigers organization since 2015 through her work with the Bless You Boys blog at SB Nation. She’ll be reporting from Class A West Michigan, Double-A Erie, and Triple-A Toledo as a journalist, evaluator, and photographer. She’s also been around the High A Florida State and Short-Season A New York-Penn League covering Tigers’ prospects in the past.
Lisa is a two-time MLB Scout School graduate, a former MLB/MiLB.com staff writer, and also spent 14 years as an editor and senior writer for USA Today/Baseball Weekly, having responsibility for the national publication’s minor league coverage. 2016 marks her 30th year in sports journalism.
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.