The Baltimore Orioles today announced that Danny Haas has been hired as the club's National Crosschecker. Haas spent the last 10 seasons as an amateur scout in the Boston Red Sox organization.
Haas, 35, most recently served as Boston's Southeast Crosschecker. He was East Coast Crosschecker in 2010 and worked as the club's Upper Midwest/Northeast Crosschecker from 2006-09. Red Sox major league players signed during that time include Ryan Kalish (ninth round in 2006), Ryan Lavarnway (sixth round in 2008) and Kyle Weiland (third round in 2008). Haas was originally hired by Boston in 2002 as a Midwest Area Scout and was named Red Sox Amateur Scout of the Year in 2004. He signed Red Sox pitcher Michael Bowden in the supplemental round of the 2005 draft.
A native of Paducah, Kentucky, Haas was an outfielder at the University of Kentucky (1994-95) and the University of Louisville (1995-97). He was selected by the Red Sox in the 18th round of the 1997 draft and played in their minor league system through 2001, advancing as far as Double-A Trenton before beginning his scouting career.
Haas's father, Eddie, was an outfielder with the Chicago Cubs (1957) and Milwaukee Braves (1958, 1960) and managed the Atlanta Braves in 1985. His brother, Matt, is an East Coast Crosschecker with the Florida Marlins