John Farrell says there is a big difference between how the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays develop their pitchers.

Speaking at a sabermetrics seminar in Boston earlier this week the Red Sox manager said the Blue Jays are a scouting-based organization whereas the Red Sox take a more holistic approach.

“We can have a seminar on this question — not just because it’s Toronto and Boston” said Farrell the Blue Jays manager from 2011-12. “There are very distinct differences and it starts I think it starts at the top. And the reason I say that: I found Toronto to be a scouting-based organization which to me is on one plane one-dimensional. You’re looking at tools. Here it’s a player-development based system. It’s the paths of the individuals that are running the organization. And that’s not to be critical.

“We all know that there’s three different veins in this game that people advance (through): baseball operations scouting player development” Farrell said according to Evan Drellich of

“Well in the player-development vein you’re going to look at things in three dimensions: mentally physically fundamentally to address and develop people or develop an organization. I think as a scouting base you go out and you evaluate the physical tools. And that’s kind of where it ends or that’s the look at that time. That was my experience that was my opinion.”