Tim Wilken was a Special Assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer and is one of the most respected talent evaluators in the game.
Tim Wilken interviewed for the Director of Amateur Scouting position with the Diamondbacks last year.
Former general manager Jim Hendry hired Tim Wilken in December 2005. Wilken was the Director of Amateur and Professional Scouting under the previous regime. Wilken’s job title changed when Theo Epstein took over baseball operations in October 2011.
Tim Wilken was in charge of the Cubs draft from 2006-11. Under Wilken, the Cubs selected Tyler Colvin (2006), Josh Vitters (2007), Andrew Cashner (2008), Brett Jackson (2009), Hayden Simpson (2010) and Javier Baez (2011) in the first round.
Wilken also drafted players such as Jeff Samardzija (2006), Steve Clevenger (2006), Josh Donaldson (2007), Darwin Barney (2007), Brandon Guyer (2007), James Russell (2007), Ryan Flaherty (2008), Josh Harrison (2008), D.J. LeMahieu (2009), Chris Rusin (2009), Matt Szczur (2010), Eric Jokisch (2010), Dallas Beeler (2010), Dan Vogelbach (2011), Tony Zych (2011), Shawon Dunston Jr. (2011) and Rafael Lopez (2011).
The title and responsibilities Tim Wilken held as Director of Professional and Amateur Scouting was turned into two positions under the current regime. Matt Dorey is the Cubs Director of Amateur Scouting and Jared Porter was hired last month as the Cubs new Director of Pro Scouting.
Jaron Madison, the Cubs current farm director, replaced Wilken as the Cubs’ Director of Amateur Scouting in August 2012. Wilken was given a contract extension at the time to stay with the organization.
Tim Wilken is highly regarded throughout baseball. On numerous occasions over the years, Jason McLeod has talked about publicly how much he learned from Wilken and how much he enjoyed working with him. This is a loss for the organization