Long-Time Pro Scout Don Jacoby Joins PBR Staff

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

The Prep Baseball Report is pleased to announce the addition of long-time professional scout Don Jacoby to the PBR Florida scouting staff. With 23 years of pro scouting experience, Jacoby will serve as the Florida assistant scouting director under Rob Sidwell.

Jacoby’s scouting roots run deep in Florida. Most recently, he worked for the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau for 16 years. Jacoby also served as an instructor at Scout School for the MLB Bureau. Prior to his tenure at the MLB Bureau, Jacoby worked for the Cleveland Indians, covering Central and North Florida, for six years. Before embarking in scouting career, Jacoby played in the St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles organizations for five years (1981-1985).

With the addition of Jacoby, the PBR Florida staff has nearly 40 years of professional scouting experience.

Sidwell, the PBR Florida Scouting Director, has served as the Florida Scouting Supervisor for four major-league teams spanning the last 18 years. Most recently, Sidwell was the Florida Scouting Supervisor for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2010-2014. Prior to that, Sidwell served in the same capacity for the San Diego Padres (2007-2010), New York Mets (2005-2007) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1996-2005). Sidwell signed many players that went on to play in the major leagues; the most notable being Andrew McCutchen, the 2013 NL Most Valuable Player. In addition to Sidwell’s extensive professional scouting background, he has also coached collegiately throughout Florida. He coached at Central Florida from 1992-1996, Florida International from 1990-1992, and Flagler (1987). Sidwell has also coached in the Cape Cod League and at West Orange High School.

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