CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians & Executive Vice President and General Manager MARK SHAPIRO today announced the promotion of BRAD GRANT to Director of Amateur Scouting.
Grant, who spent the last eight (8) seasons as the club's Assistant Director of Scouting, will direct all elements of the First-Year Player Draft - providing evaluations and overseeing the club's seventeen (17) Area Scouts and four (4) Regional Supervisors around the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada in advance of the June draft. Brad joined the Indians organization in 1994 and was hired full-time into the Scouting Department in 1996. He graduated from Miami (OH) University in 1994. He will continue to report to Assistant General Manager, Scouting Operations JOHN MIRABELLI.
Mirabelli will take on an expanded role in the procurement of amateur and professional talent, both in the United States and abroad, as the club continues to operate heavily in Latin America and has recently dipped into the global player pool in the acquisition of Japan's Masa Kobayashi after signing Sung-Wei Tseng (Taiwan) and Jason Smit (Australia) in 2006. John will directly oversee and manage the scouting and acquisition efforts in the domestic and international markets for the club.
"Brad Grant has been an integral member of our Amateur Scouting Department over a long period of time and is both extremely capable and very deserving of this new opportunity," said Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President and General Manager MARK SHAPIRO. "In addition, this shift in alignment will allow John Mirabelli to expand his focus and influence in the acquisition of amateur talent in both the domestic and international markets."