Mid Atlantic Scouts Association

Tom Burns
(Scout, Major League Scouting Bureau)

Tom Burns was a successful Head baseball coach at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa. from 1988 - 1994.  During his tenure at Bishop McDevitt High School, he compiled an impressive overall record of 96 wins and 44 loses. 

Tom recently accepted a crosscheckers position with the Major League Scouting Bureau. Previously, he scouted for the Anaheim Angels (1995-2003), Toronto Blue Jays (2003-2013), and the San Diego Padres (2013-2015)

Among the numerous professional players Tom Burns has scouted and signed are Major leaguers Scott Schoenweis (Anaheim Angels 1996), Mike Colangelo (Anaheim Angels 1997), and Brett Cecil (Toronto Blue Jays 2007). 

Tom was named Anaheim Angels Scout of the Year in 2000, Scout of the Year by Mid Atlantic Scouts Association in 2003, Toronto Blue Jays Scout of the Year in 2006 and was named scout of the year in 2012 by New York Hot Stove.

Tom Burns lifetime dedication to the game of baseball and profession of scouting earned him one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed upon a scout in 2009 when he was inducted into the Professional Scouts Hall of Fame. 

Tom was inducted into the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Vice President / Finance

Rick Matsko
(Mid Atlantic Area Scout, Arizona Diamonbacks)

Rick Matsko is the mid atlantic area scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He previously scouted for the Texas Rangers from 2006 until joining Arizona in the fall of 2011.  

A native of Johnstown, PA, Rick played collegiately at Shippensburg University before being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1998.  He played 4 seasons in the Indian’s organization before returning to Temple University where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Sports Management.  

During his playing career he has played in a AAABA championship game, Division II world series and a South Atlantic League championship series only to come up short on all accounts.

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Alex Smith
(Scout, Miami Marlins)

Alex Smith is a scout with the Miami Marlins. He previously scouted for the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, and Seattle Mariners

Alex was named the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association (MASA) Scout of the Year Award in 2004.

Among the 50+ professional players Alex Smith has scouted and signed are Major leaguers Ryan Zimmerman,  Justin, Maxwell, Mike O'Connor of the Washington Nationals and Daryl Thompson and Bill Bray now playing with the Cincinnati Reds.

Alex Smith enters his 24th season in Professional baseball, and his 19th year of  Professional Scouting.

Alex finished his professional baseball playing career in 1989 as a member of the AAA Richmond Braves.  

He was ranked #1 in fielding percentage for 3B in 1988 in the (AAA) International / American Association League, and ranked 2nd in hitting in the (A)Carolina League in 1987 just behind Leo Gomez of the Baltimore Orioles. 

During a nine inning game in 1986 of his first season of professional baseball , Alex tied a Professional record with Renne Stennet of the Pittsburgh Pirates and broke a (A) South Atlantic record by going 7 for 7. 

Alex Smith possesses a Bachelor of Science in Recreation from Indiana University located in Bloomington, Indiana 1986.

He's also the Co-Owner of Diamond Pros Baseball in which he actively instructs and teaches all aspects and fundamentals of Pitching, Hitting, and Fielding.

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Coach Smith
(Associate Scout, Los Angeles Angels)

For the past eight years, Coach Smith as served as an associate scout for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim responsible for scouting and evaluating amateur talent in the Carolinas and Virginia.  He credits five Major League Baseball scouts for his professional development as a bird dog scout (John Tumminia, Tom Burns, Chris McAlpin, Brandon McArthur, and Nick Gorneault).

During his collegiate and professional baseball career, Coach Smith pitched for American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Pete Dunn (Stetson University), legendary skipper Gene McDonald (La Salle University), and five former Major League Baseball players (Ron LeFlore, Paul Blair, Ken Oberkfell, Floyd Youmans, Frank DiMichele).  Under the tutelage of ABCA Hall of Famer Dan Gallagher (Fordham University), Coach Smith served as the Rams Pitching Coach for one season, but left Rose Hill to enlist in the military following the terrorist attacks on New York City (September 11, 2001).
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