Kansas City Royals assistant Jim Fregosi Jr., veteran MLB scout, dies at 57

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Jim Fregosi Jr., special assistant at the Kansas City Royals headquarters and son of veteran Major League Baseball coach of the same name, has died. He was 57 years old.

Fregosi died Thursday in Los Angeles, the Royals said.

He spent 17 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies as a scout, and carried out the same task for two seasons with the Colorado Rockies in 1999 and 2000. He joined the Royals after the 2011 season.

“Jimmy was an incredible baseball man who had a passion and love for this game,” Royals president Dayton Moore said in a statement. “His desire to compete, his firm conviction and his keen eye for players separated him as a evaluator. But above all, he was our friend.”

He was selected by St. Louis in the 42nd overall shift in the 1985 amateur draft, and Fregosi spent five minor league seasons with the Cardinals and the Montreal Expos, but the highest he reached was Double-A.

He joined the Phillies in 1992. When he returned to Philadelphia, he spent seven years as an amateur scouting coordinator and then became a major league scout after the 2008 season.

“Jim brought a passionate and fun-loving attitude to the Phillies scouting department for 17 years, and he made an equal impact on the club with his baseball acumen,” the team said in a statement. “Jim was a great friend and mentor to many.”

Fregosi is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Katelyn, and sons Jimmy and Joey.

Jim Fregosi Sr., a six-time All-Star shortstop, was manager of the Angels, White Sox and Blue Jays. He died in 2014 at the age of 71.