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Nats announce front office promotions

Nov 21, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

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The Nationals have made several alterations to their scouting and player development departments in the wake of Roy Clark’s departure for Los Angeles, announcing several front office promotions on Thursday.

Clark, who had served as assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel since 2009, left the Nationals to join the Dodgers earlier this month. Mike Rizzo decided to fill the vacancy from within, promoting director of player development Doug Harris to Clark’s former position. Harris, who had overseen the Nationals’ farm system the last four seasons, now becomes an assistant GM and will have increased responsibilities.

Kris Kline, a longtime Rizzo confidant who had served as scouting director since 2009, will continue to run the Nationals’ scouting department but with a new title: assistant GM and vice president of scouting operations.

Mark Scialabba, a member of the front office since 2006, assumes Harris’ old title as director of player development and essentially becomes the Nationals’ new farm director.

Other promotions within the Nationals’ scouting department: Mark Baca (national supervisor), Jeff Zona (special assistant to the GM) and Fred Costello (national crosschecker).

Here’s an abridged list of the Nationals’ updated baseball operations department…

MAJOR LEAGUE
MIKE RIZZO (president of baseball operations and general manager)
BOB BOONE (vice president, player personnel)
DOUG HARRIS (assistant GM and VP, player development)
BRYAN MINNITI (assistant GM)
PHILLIP RIZZO (senior adviser to GM)
HAROLYN CARDOZO (special assistant to GM, major league administration)
ROB McDONALD (VP, clubhouse operations and team travel)
ADAM CROMIE (director, baseball operations)
ARON WESTON (assistant, baseball operations)
DAVEY JOHNSON (consultant, baseball operations)
SAMUEL MONDRY-COHEN (baseball analytics manager)
MICHAEL DeBARTOLO (baseball operations analyst)

SCOUTING
KRIS KLINE (asst. GM and VP, scouting operations)
BILL SINGER (director, pro scouting)
JOHNNY DiPUGLIA (director, international scouting)
KASEY McKEON (director, player procurement)
DERIC LADNIER (special assistant to GM)
RON RIZZI (special assistant to GM)
JAY ROBERTSON (special assistant to GM)
BOB SCHAEFER (special assistant to GM)
JEFF ZONA (special assistant to GM)
MARK BACA (national supervisor)
FRED COSTELLO (national crosschecker)
ERICK DALTON (coordinator, advance scouting and video)
TAISUKE SATO (assistant, international scouting)
CHRISTOPHER ROSENBAUM (assistant, advance scouting)
EDDIE LONGOSZ (assistant, scouting)

PLAYER DEVELOPEMENT
MARK SCIALABBA (director, player development)
RYAN THOMAS (assistant director, minor league operations)
J.J. ESTEVEZ (assistant, player development)

  1. Theophilus T.S. - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Did any of these promotions come with more intelligence? Because I think that’s mainly what they need.

    • NatsLady - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Well, y’know, if they didn’t overlook half the population…

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        The thought occurs.
        Maybe they need a VP of Scout Scouting.

    • therealjohnc - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Well, remember, taking the GM job immediately makes you one of the 60 dumbest people on the planet (the 30 MLB managers are, in fact, the 30 dumbest people on the planet). Why? Because every other person, every anonymous commenter and every fan sitting in the stands not only can tell you chapter and verse what the manager and GM should be doing/have done, they could do the job better.

      I’m telling you. The 60 dumbest people on the planet!

  2. Doc - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Thinking that my guy Davey will have more impact than is suggested by his hierarchial listing.

  3. NatsLady - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    This article describes possible Rule 5 picks (no Nats). Here is one possibility for backup catcher, if it gets to us. I don’t think any of the others are better than what we already have in our system.

    Carlos Perez, c, Astros: Perez passed through the Rule 5 draft last year, but there’s a greater chance someone might roll the dice on him this time. Perez could be a fit for a rebuilding team with an established everyday catcher like, well . . . the Astros.

    But given that Houston called up Max Stassi from Double-A and minor league veterans Cody Clark and Matt Pagnozzi late in the 2013 season, it wasn’t too much of a surprise that the Astros left Perez exposed. Perez, who turned 23 last month, is a dependable catcher who moves well behind the plate, blocks well and earns praise for how he handles a pitching staff. His arm is average and he gets rid of the ball quickly, helping him erase an impressive 47 percent of basestealers last year in Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    The question scouts have on Perez is his offense. His bat speed is below-average, he has minimal power and his swing can get long. But Perez doesn’t swing and miss much and he controls the strike zone, which helped him hit a respectable .269/.328/.345 with 25 walks and 39 strikeouts in 75 games in Triple-A. If the power develops, he could be an everyday catcher, but he should at least get a chance in a backup role. When Perez originally signed with the Blue Jays out of Venezuela at age 17, Marco Paddy was Toronto’s top scout in Latin America. Paddy now runs the White Sox’s international operations as a special assistant to the general manager, and with Tyler Flowers and Josh Phegley, the organization could look for additional depth. The White Sox have the third pick in the Rule 5 draft (and the Astros are at No. 1), so Perez could go off the board early.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/majors/rule-5-preview-cubs-marcus-hatley-yankees-danny-burawa-among-names-to-watch/

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      So how is he better than Solano, who already knows the pitchers? Just asking.

    • therealjohnc - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Well, maybe if Dioner Navarro gets a starting gig somewhere else, you take a look at Perez. Navarro is my first choice, though.

  4. Theophilus T.S. - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Johnson’s job is an excuse for him to peel off a couple hundred thousand $$ and be barred from “consulting” for anybody else. And he has to show up for a beer and a Reuben w/ Rizzo every six weeks.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Sadly that’s probably not far from the truth.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      There us probably more baseball intelligence in a pizza-and-beer dinner with Davey than in most people’s entire season.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        *is

  5. Joe Seamhead - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    +1x a zillion, sofa

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