Pirates Promote Two Scouts to Special Assistants to the General Manager

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted two of their scouts to Special Assistants to the General Manager, according to a team press release. Ron Hopkins and Matt Ruebel were both given the promotion, after serving as scouts in the organization last year. The Pirates had lost two people in that role this off-season, with Marc DelPiano and Jim Benedict both going to Miami in Vice President roles.

Hopkins was a pro scout last year, and Ruebel was a National Supervisor. I don’t have much info on their scouting results, since info on pro scouts doesn’t get published much, and national supervisors kind of oversee everything on the amateur side. One interesting note that has no impact here is that Ruebel was a reliever for the Pirates in the late 90s, and got the win on Opening Day in 1997 against San Francisco.

Along with those moves, the Pirates promoted Rodney Henderson and Everett Russell to Professional Scouts. Henderson was the Southeast Region Supervisor while Russell was the Midwest Region Supervisor. Once again, with supervisors it’s hard to point to individual moves and say that’s who they signed. However, Russell has been in the system since before Huntington, and signed Brad Lincoln back in 2006 and Paul Maholm in 2003, among others.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Bill W

I wonder why a guy like Rene Gayo would not get a promotion to like “Special Assistant to the GM for southern hemisphere baseball activities including but not limited to the Caribbean”.


My smile of the day 🙂


This is said without opinion, since it would be pretty silly to judge two guys you’ve never heard of before today, but it’s interesting to me that two key members of the front office were replaced with rank-and-file promotions…especially with how much GM turnover is going on right now.

Lots of good baseball people out there without a home or working under a GM that might be bringing in his own people.


I was mildly surprised someone from the early 2000s was still around. Figured a lot of these people had Expos/Indians backgrounds.


BucsDugout says that Ruebel worked for Huntington in Cleveland, fwiw.


There’s a Dwight Schrute joke begging to be dropped on this lede.


I thought of that too. They’ve been showing reruns lately and I think the show actually got a little funnier when Michael Scott’s character was gone. It allowed the story lines to focus on the other characters a little more. As far as the promotions go congrats to them.


Not to stray from the Pirates but hell it’s your site so anyways – Andy was always the romantic so for him to flake out like that on Erin was very much unlike his character. The back and forth between Jim and Dwight was truly tremendous at times especially early on. Outside of the Blacklist there’s really nothing to watch on Thursdays anymore. For God’s sake I caught literally half of the Browns/Bengals game and I’m a bleeping Niners fan. So in other words I’m looking forward to the Winter Meetings.


Matt pitched for us in ’97? Then he’ll know a bad ballplayer when he sees one? 🙂

Scott K

Actually the ’97 team was one of the best of the bad teams. I believe they were in it until the final weekend series vs Astros that year.

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