Professional Baseball Scouts Association
December 18, 2019
Rays’ Paul Kirsch, Athletics’ Jim Coffman earn 2019 PNWPBSA scouting awards
The Pacific Northwest Professional Baseball Scouts Association (PNWPBSA) is proud to announce our scouting award winners for the 2019 season. Tampa Bay Rays scout Paul Kirsch will receive the 2019 PNWPBSA Lifetime Achievement Award, and Oakland Athletics scout Jim Coffman will receive the 2019 PNWPBSA Bill Harper Scout of the Year Award. The awards were voted on by members of the PNWPBSA.
The awards were presented at the Old Timers Baseball Association of Portland Annual Banquet & Fundraiser on Saturday, January 11th at the Multnomah Athletic Club.
Paul grew up around the game of baseball. His father, Don Kirsch, was the winningest coach in University of Oregon history (445-242) as head coach for the Ducks from 1948-1970. Paul played for the Ducks himself before going on to a 7-year professional playing career, including three years with Cincinnati Reds’ affiliates. After his playing days ended, he coached professionally for the Reds, Royals, Marlins, and Twins. Paul started scouting for the Rays in 1996 and has been responsible for the club signing 11 Major League players, including Blake Snell, Jason Hammel, Ryan Brett, Shawn O’Malley, Zac Rosscup, Brandon Mann, Ryan Carpenter, D.J. Johnson, Jared Sandberg, Jeff Ridgeway, and Todd Belitz.
Jim grew up in the Northwest, graduating from Rainier (Ore.) High School before playing baseball and basketball at Clackamas Community College and baseball at Portland State University. Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 23rd round of the 1980 draft, Jim pitched in the minor leagues for four seasons with Padres and Yankees affiliates. Jim is going into his 21st year with the Oakland Athletics, first as a minor league pitching coach from 2000 to 2007, and as the area scout in the Northwest since 2007. Jim was the scout in the Northwest when the Athletics drafted Ryon Healy out of the University of Oregon in 2013. Last year, Seth Brown made his Major League debut after being signed by Jim as a 19th-round draft pick in the 2015 draft out of Lewis-Clark State. Next year, Jim will likely add another big leaguer, as Brandon Bailey was recently selected in the Rule 5 draft by the Baltimore Orioles.