Per Sweeny Murti of WFAN, six new scouts have been hired by the Yankees organization. Three of them have major league experience while the others also have a versatile background throughout the professional levels.
Aaron Holbert is a former first-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1990. The infielder spent short major league stints with the Cards and last in 2005 with the Cincinnati Reds. He spent 17 seasons in the minors also as part of the Red Sox, Mariners, Marlins, Blue Jays and Pirates’ organizations. From 2012-2015, Holbert was the manager of the Mississippi Braves, the Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta ball club.
Not the comedian, Kevin Hart was a right-hander who was taken in the eleventh round of the 2004 draft by the Orioles. He appeared in 47 major league games in total with the Cubs and Pirates before last pitching for the Indianapolis Indians in 2010. In his MLB career, Hart went 6-11 with a 5.26 ERA.
Canadian former pitcher Shawn Hill was a sixth-round selection of the Montreal Expos in 2000. He appeared in major league games with the Expos/Nationals organization beginning in 2004 and from 2006-2008 before pitching for the San Diego Padres and last for the Blue Jays in 2012. The righty compiled a 10-18 record over 45 games (44 starts) with an ERA of 4.69. He was signed to a minor-league deal by the Detroit Tigers in 2014, but never appeared in a game for them.
J.T. Stotts was a third round pick by the Oakland Athletics in 2001 and played six minor league seasons—three of which in the Yankees system. The infielder made it as high as the Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 2006 for the 22 games of his minors career. He also spent time in uniforms of the Tampa Yankees and Trenton Thunder. Stotts had been an area scout with the A’s since 2007 before just joining the Yankees.
Alex Sunderland was a 2011 38th-round selection of the Seattle Mariners from Claremont McKenna College. He only played a season in the Arizona Rookie League before playing two seasons of Independent League baseball. He last played for the Kagawa Olive Guyners in Japan in 2014.
Pat Murtaugh comes to the Yankees after spending 16 seasons in scouting for the Tigers, Indians and the last with Diamondbacks since 2009.
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