The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the following promotions for their Baseball Operations department.

-Greg Smith has been promoted from Director of Scouting to Assistant General Manager.  Smith will now oversee all elements of the Pirates’ scouting operations at the Amateur, International, and Professional Levels. Smith will also continue to assist Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington with strategic planning, personnel moves and decision making.

-Kyle Stark has been promoted from Director of Player Development to Assistant General Manager. Stark will oversee all elements of the Pirates’ Medical, Physical, Mental, Personal and Player Development Departments at the Major and Minor League level. Stark will also continue to assist Huntington with strategic planning, personnel moves and decision making.

-Tyrone Brooks has been promoted from Director of Baseball Operations to Director of Player Personnel. In his new role, Brooks will lead the Professional Scouting Department and the International Scouting Department (non-Latin American). Brooks will also continue to assist Huntington with strategic planning, personnel moves and decision making.

-Joe DelliCarri has been promoted from Assistant Scouting Director to Director of Amateur Scouting. In his new role, DelliCarri will lead the Amateur Scouting Department and run the First-Year Player Draft.

-Director of Latin American Scouting Rene Gayo will continue to lead the Latin American Scouting Department as well as have significant involvement in the Pirates’ Latin American Player Development Operations.

-Larry Broadway has been promoted from an Area Scout to Director of Minor League Operations. In his new role, Larry will lead the day-to-day operations of the Pirates’ Player Development Department.

-Kevan Graves has been promoted from Assistant Director of Baseball Operations to Director of Baseball Operations. In his new role Graves will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Baseball Operations Department.

-Doug Strange will return to his prior role as a Special Assistant to the General Manager but will have an increased role in the Devlopment Department as an evaluator/advisor as well as handling scouting assignments at the amateur and professional level.

“Each of these individuals has played an integral part in our building process to date,” said Huntington. “We believe each person is ready for new challenges and that each will have an even greater impact on the Pirates organization in their new roles and responsbilities.”

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  1. I guess this will put off Hague’s election to the HOF for another year.

    You guy’s  must be the same one’s who were screaming about Pearce all those years. lol.

  2. I wish they would have hired someone that knows what they got when they got it instead of someone that basis talent on projections. Hague is ready for the majors, at least as ready as anyone else they have brought up, is he perfect? no, but neither were any of the other players they have brought up in the last year or so.
    There system is warped, they fool around with guys like Meek, that IMO has arm trouble, Olendorf, Ciriaco, they get a minor league catcher that no one has any idea what they are going to do with.
    They found room on the 40 man for a catcher they might not ever use, but they can’t find room for a 1st basemen that could have been here for the last month and played a few games.

    • I agree about Hague, he should be given a shot.  Especially considering how terrible our 1B hit this year before Lee arrived.  Hague gets docked for not having power potential but I would rather have someone that can at least hit for some average and gap power over Lyle Overbay who failed miserably.  Hague deserves a shot, whether or not it’s in Pittsburgh remains open….

    • Hard to argue with that.  Based on Overbay’s weak production and abject collapse, I think Hague could have easily added up to three wins from July 1 onward.

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