Tommy Tanous is the current Director of Scouting for the New York Mets. He joined the Mets in 2010 as a Special Assignment Scout. On November 3,2011 he became Director of Amateur Scouting replacing Chad MacDonald. The 2012 draft was the first under Tanous, and they selected Gavin Cechinni a shortstop and Kevin Plawecki a catcher in the first round. In 2013 the Mets selected first baseman Dominic Smith with the 13th pick in the first round. In 2014 with the tenth overall pick in the first round the Mets selected outfielder Michael Conforto.
The Mets farm system has seen a steady rise over the past four years under Tanous. In 2012 the Mets were ranked by Baseball America as the 25th best farm system. In 2013 they rose to 16 and climbed to 11 in 2014. Espn baseball analyst Keith Law ranked the Mets system 5th best in all of baseball in 2014. In 2013 Tanous was the architect of the Metropolitan Baseball Classic, a tournament held at Citi field featuring the top eight travel baseball teams in the country. The event is the largest amateur baseball tournament run by a major league baseball team. Tanous was the Toronto Blue Jays National crosschecker from 2006- 2010. Before serving in that role Tanous worked for the Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers from 1995-2005.