The Milwaukee Brewers today announced several changes related to their amateur and professional scouting departments.
Tod Johnson, who is currently in his ninth year with the Brewers, has been promoted to Director of Amateur Scouting. Johnson’s new role will include oversight of all amateur scouting operations, including preparations for the annual June Draft. Johnson, 43, previously served as Brewers Assistant Director – Amateur Scouting for six years. Prior to that, he spent three years (2007-2009) as Director of Application Development for the organization and one season with the San Diego Padres as a Baseball Systems Architect. Johnson’s recent experience also included working with the Brewers Baseball Research and Development Department to set the direction for the application of data and technology for the Brewers baseball operations.
Ray Montgomery, 46, who is in his second term with the Brewers, has been named Vice President – Scouting. Montgomery first worked for the Brewers in various scouting roles from 2002-2010 before joining the Arizona Diamondbacks. He returned to Milwaukee and has spent the last two years as Vice President – Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager. In his new role, Montgomery will serve as a lead evaluator across the entire spectrum of baseball operations including professional, international, and amateur scouting.
Zack Minasian, 32, will assume a new position with the Brewers as Special Advisor – Scouting. Minasian has been with the organization for 12 years, including the last six as Director – Professional Scouting. Minasian also worked for the Brewers organization as Manager of Minor League Scouting Personnel/Coordinator of Pro Scouting and as Baseball Operations Assistant.
“Scouting will always be an integral aspect of our focus on acquiring and developing young talent, and we are confident that today’s moves will enhance those efforts to be among the best in the industry,” said Brewers General Manager David Stearns. “Tod, Ray, and Zack have all contributed a great deal to this organization during parts of the past decade, and I am excited about their continued impact as they assume new positions.”
RAY MONTGOMERY NAMED BREWERS VICE PRESIDENT OF AMATEUR SCOUTING/SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE GENERAL MANAGER
The Milwaukee Brewers have named Ray Montgomery vice president of amateur scouting/special assistant to the general manager. Montgomery replaces the late Bruce Seid, who passed away unexpectedly on September 2. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“Ray brings experience, critical leadership and the courage and confidence to make tough decisions,” said Melvin. “I have confidence that with his recent experience as a director, he will sustain the organization’s success of drafting and development in a highly competitive scouting environment.”
Montgomery, 45, returns for his second stint in the Brewers organization, having started as an area scout for South Texas and Louisiana in December 2002. He served as an area scout until 2006, Midwest crosschecker from 2007-10 and assistant director of amateur scouting with the Brewers from 2009-10. Montgomery spent the past four seasons as director of scouting with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2011-14).
Montgomery, who was selected by the Houston Astros in the 13th round of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft, had a 12-year playing career from 1990-2001. He spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues with the Astros (1996-98), batting .241 with 1 HR and 8 RBI in 47 games. The former outfielder also played in the Pirates (1999-2000) and Mets (2001) organizations.
A First Team All-American at Fordham University in 1990, he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1999.
Montgomery currently resides in Simsbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Daniela, and children, Jack and Emma.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Eduardo Brizuela has been promoted to Director of Latin America Operations/Scouting and Manny Batista has been promoted to Director of Latin America Scouting.
Brizuela, 26, spent the past three seasons as Coordinator of Administration, Latin America Operations. He joined the Brewers in 2009 as an advance scouting intern. Batista, 51, joined the Brewers in 2010 as a scout in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. He was named Director of Scouting for Venezuela following the 2011 season.
“The promotions of Eduardo and Manny from our system and the restructuring of our Scouting and Operations in Latin America will serve notice that we are stepping up our involvement in Latin America,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations – General Manager Doug Melvin. “I have total confidence that with our presence at the Dominican Republic Academy in San Pedro de Macoris, the leadership of Eduardo and the multiple years of scouting experience that Manny brings, we will make strides in improving the signing of players for our system.”
Brizuela earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Webber International University. He served as a major contributor in helping the Brewers establish a presence with the organization’s Dominican Republic Academy, which opened in November 2011. In his new role, Brizuela will take on added responsibilities with scouting assignments and work with Special Assistant to the General Manager/Director of Player Development Reid Nichols in assisting with the development and transition of the organization’s Latin players to the United States.
Prior to joining the Brewers, Batista worked in the Texas Rangers organization, most recently as Latin American Coordinator from 1998-2009. He served as an area scout in Puerto Rico with the Rangers and was actively involved and responsible in the signings of Edwin Encarnacion, Juan Gonzalez, Martin Perez, Ivan Rodriguez and Edinson Volquez. In his new role, he will be responsible for the re-staffing of the organization’s scouting personnel in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Batista, who began scouting in 1982, graduated from Apollo High School in Puerto Rico and attended American International College in Puerto Rico. He resides in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico.