UPDATE (Nov. 3 at 10:42 a.m.): The Yankees have made the hiring official, according to tweets from reports Bryan Hoch and Mark Feinsand.
The New York Post is reporting that the Yankees have promoted director of professional scouting Kevin Reese to become the head of the organization’s minor league operations.Embed from Getty Images
Reese, who played in 12 games with the Yankees from 2005 to 2006, began scouting for the Yankees in 2008. He rose up the ranks to become the director of pro scouting in 2016. This move replaces Gary Denbo, who was poached by now-Miami Marlins CEO and part owner Derek Jeter to assume the same role in Miami.
George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the other candidates interviewed within the organization were Eric Schmitt (director of minor league operations), John Kremer (director of performance science) and Carlos Mendoza (field coordinator).
The hiring is also significant because prior reports indicated that the Yankees would wait to pursue a new manager until they hired a new directior of minor league operations. Now that Reese will replace Denbo, we can expect the Yankees will push their mangerial source into a higher gear. Names mentioned in connection with the position include current bench coach Rob Thomson (whose contract expired Wednesday) and current Dodgers analyst Jerry Hairston Jr.
H/T New York Post