Eric Kubota is in his 25th season with the Athletics organization and his eighth as director of scouting.
Kubota has overseen the club's last seven drafts that have produced 21 players who have risen to the major leagues with various clubs, including current A's Kurt Suzuki (2004), Dallas Braden (2004), Jeff Gray (2004), Travis Buck (2005), Cliff Pennington (2005) and Jeff Baisley (2005). Three players selected-Gray, Pennington and Baisley-made their major league debuts with Oakland last season. Kubota's talents as an evaluator helped assemble the majority of the A's minor league system that has combined for a 2671-2404 (.526) record over the last seven seasons.
Prior to assuming his current position, Kubota served as the club's supervisor of international scouting for three seasons, overseeing the scouting staff and player evaluations in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
Kubota, 44, began his baseball career in June of 1984 while he was an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, spending the better part of six seasons working in the A's media relations department. In November of 1989, he joined the baseball operations staff as an assistant director of scouting, handling daily administrative duties of the scouting department, including preparation work for the Rule 4, Rule 5 and June drafts, compiling the team's prospect book and preparing statistical information.
He was elevated to Pacific Rim coordinator in November of 1996, where he acted as a liaison between the A's and Asian baseball teams in addition to his scouting duties in Northern California and Hawaii.
Eric graduated from Cal in 1986 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He resides in Rocklin, Calif. with his wife, Karen, and their two children.
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