Thursday, February 7, 2008

Twins announce scouting changes

The Twins made some changes in their scouting department today, shifting around some scouts and announcing a couple of hires. Here's the press release ....

TWINS MAKE CHANGES IN SCOUTING DEPARTMENT

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have promoted/reassigned seven members of their scouting department and added six new scouts to the organization.

The Twins have reassigned their Major League coverage by region. Ken Compton will cover the two Western Divisions along with amateur work in April and May (prior to the draft), Bob Hegman moves from Major League Advance Scout to cover both Central Divisions along with minor league coverage in April and May, and Earl Frishman moves from East Coast Scouting Supervisor to cover the two Eastern Divisions along with amateur work in April and May (prior to the draft).

Shaun McGinn has been hired as the club’s new Advance Scout. He most recently served as the Senior Director of Minor League Operations for the Kansas City Royals (2000-06) and served as a professional scout in 2007. He signed with Philadelphia in 1993 and played in the Phillies minor league system until 1995.

Three area scouts have been promoted to new positions within the scouting department. Sean Johnson takes over as West Coast Supervisor, Mark Quimuyog has been promoted to East Coast Supervisor and Bill Milos has been named Professional Scout.
In addition, Billy Corrigan has been relocated to the Florida territory.

Jeremy Booth will replace Corrigan and oversee Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia. After spending five seasons in the Mexican Minor Leagues, he played in the Tampa Bay and Milwaukee organizations in 2001 and 2002. In 2007, Booth was a Regional Scout for the Global Scouting Bureau.

JR DiMercurio will oversee Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. For the last two years, DiMercurio served as the Assistant Baseball Coach at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas, KS.

Jeff Pohl will oversee Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. He served as the pitching coach for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League from 2002-06 before managing the team in 2007. Pohl was a player in the San Francisco Giants minor league system from 1996-1999.

Jack Powell will oversee Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. He has scouted with four organizations (Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Tampa Bay), with 30 years of scouting experience.

Ted Williams will oversee Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. He joins the Twins after serving as the “4 corners” Scouting Supervisor for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1999-2007.

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