Announcement: Longtime Scouting Professional Tad Slowik to Join PBR Team
April 30, 2021
Prep Baseball Report is proud to welcome longtime scouting professional Tad Slowik to our team. With 28 years of professional baseball experience as an executive, scout, coach and player, Slowik’s role as Special Assistant, Scouting Operations widens Prep Baseball Report’s footprint across several high-level initiatives.
Slowik served 22 years within the Houston Astros’ scouting department, including three as the Astros’ Coordinator of Amateur Scouting (Scouting Director), in which he led all draft initiatives between 2005-2007. He also spent six years as their national crosschecker, four as their Central Region Supervisor and six years as the Astros’ Upper Midwest Area Scout. He also served three years on the major-league side of scouting, and as an advanced scout during the Astros’ 2005 World Series run.
“We are pumped to welcome Tad into the PBR family,” said Prep Baseball Report President Sean Duncan. “We go way back with Tad, dating to the early 2000s when he helped convince a bunch of area scouts to show up to a gutted-out barn for our first Super 60.
“Tad’s experience speaks for itself. He’s been there, done that at the highest levels, and his insights and experiences will only elevate the company and everyone in it. Tad Slowik has been a longtime friend, and now I’m proud to be officially working next to him.”
In a 10-year span while at the top of the Astros’ scouting department, Slowik assisted in scouting and developing over 100 major-league players, including all-stars Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman, Hunter Pence, Ben Zobrist and Brad Lidge, to name a few. During that span, the Astros made six playoff appearances, won three division titles and the club’s first-ever World Series appearance in 2005.
Slowik also served as a pitching coach in Class A, working under first-year manager Manny Acta. Slowik has coached at the collegiate, junior college and amateur levels as well.
As a player, Slowik pitched six years professionally, five with the Cubs and one with the Astros, between 1983-1988, advancing to Triple-A. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was drafted in the 27th round by the Cubs out of Rollins College, where he played baseball and basketball.
Now, Slowik will bring his vast experiences and knowledge to Prep Baseball Report, where he will help elevate our scouting infrastructure and Draft HQ, MLB Draft League and JUCO Wire.
“I am looking forward to working with everyone at Prep Baseball Report,” said Slowik. “They have been passionate baseball professionals from the beginning with their eye on improving all aspects of the game from an evaluation and development standpoint. Their integration of basic baseball principles with the modern technology of today has made them leaders in the industry. I am glad to be part of this pursuit of baseball excellence.”
Slowik can be reached at [email protected]