Why you need to know Rougned Odor!

Why you need to know Rougned Odor!

Category : 2014

Many of you do not consider yourselves baseball fans… and yet, it is essential that you know Rougned Odor.

Odor is widely regarded as the number one prospect in the Texas Rangers minor league system.  He is a 20 year old Venezuelan (read: global talent) second baseman who is projected to hit, run, and field at above average levels when he arrives in the major leagues.  Today Odor plays with the Frisco Roughriders in the AA Texas League.

Why should you care?

At the start of Spring Training, Jurickson Profar, a 21 year old from Curacao (read: global talent) and the former number one prospect in all of professional baseball, was the presumed starter for the Rangers at second base.  Following an injury, Profar will be out of action until mid-season.  The Rangers are now manning second base with players who would not normally land starter positions, and continued strong performance by Odor could see him in the major leagues sooner than anyone anticipated — especially if Profar falters upon his return to action.

Perhaps more interesting, from a talent management perspective, is that the combination of Profar and Odor allowed the Rangers to confidently trade Ian Kinsler, a former All-Star, in a move that hopefully strengthens the entire team.

Could YOUR organization lose a key starting talent (“executive”) like Kinsler and have a ready replacement in the form of Profar?  Beyond that, how many organizations have a credible talent pipeline with players like Rougned Odor ready to step into unexpected gaps?

Consider these questions:

Is your Human Resources team positioned to influence the identification, acquisition, and development of talent across your organization?

Do you have performance management and succession programs and systems in place that really count?

Do you even know who your “Odors and Profars” are?

Do you trust the leaders of your HR / Talent Management team to deliver in the clutch?

If not, talk with us.  We regularly interact with and place CHRO’s (Chief Human Resource Officers) and Talent Management leaders who understand how to win through talent!