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10/23/2006 11:02 AM ET
Indians name Ross Atkins director of player development
Spent the last three seasons as the director of Latin American operations; Pitched in the Tribe's minor league system from 1995-99
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians today announced Ross Atkins has been named director of player development. Atkins replaces John Farrell, who was recently named the pitching coach of the Boston Red Sox.

Prior to today's promotion, Atkins served as the organization's director of Latin American operations since being named to the post in August of 2003. In his new role Ross will oversee all elements of the Tribe's player development system, including the organization's six (6) minor league affiliates and the Latin American program in the Dominican Republic.

Ross inherits a player development system that ranked 5th (out of 30) last year in combined winning percentage (.544, 448-376) and sported players who compiled the lowest ERA (Scott Lewis), most wins (Chuck Lofgren) and 2nd highest batting average (Kevin Kouzmanoff) in all of minor league Baseball in 2006. In addition, A Kinston won the Carolina League Championship & AA Akron lost in Eastern League finals.

Atkins, 33, was the assistant director of player development to Farrell from 2001-03 prior to becoming director of Latin American operations where he oversaw the organization's operations in Latin America. The Wake Forest graduate and Miami, FL native pitched for five seasons from 1995-99 in the Tribe's minor league system before entering the front office.

"We are excited to promote someone with Ross' experience, passion and knowledge of our player development system," said Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President & General Manager Mark Shapiro. "Ross will bring both a new dynamic and energy to our player development system while ensuring consistency in our philosophy and direction."

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