Mariners promote three, hire six new area scouts
Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara today announced that the Mariners have promoted Ben Collman, Chris Pelekoudas and Mike Moriarty from their positions as Area Scouts to new supervisory positions.
Collman, who is based in Texas, was promoted from a Midwest area scout to Midwest Supervisor. Collman was originally hired by Seattle in October of 2012. Prior to joining the Mariners, Collman was the scouting coordinator for Perfect Game USA.
Pelekoudas, who is based in Arizona, was promoted from a West area scout to West Coast Supervisor. Pelekoudas, who was originally hired by Seattle in December of 2003, was the Mariners 2008 Professional Scout of the Year. He is the namesake and grandson of longtime (1960-75) National League umpire Chris Pelekoudas, and the son of Lee Pelekoudas, who spent 30 years in the Mariners front office.
Moriarty, who is based in New Jersey, was promoted from a Northeast area scout to Northeast Supervisor. Moriarty had an 11-season professional career, including appearing in the Majors with Baltimore in 2002, prior to his coaching and scouting career. He joined the Mariners scouting department in 2009.
The Mariners have also hired six new Area Scouts: Tyrus Bowman, Amanda Hopkins, Jackson Laumann, Taylor Terrasas, Stephen Tromblee and Ross Vecchio.
Bowman will be the new Area Scout in Oklahoma, Arkansas & Kansas. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2010, and his JD from the Univ. of Arizona College of Law in May, 2015. Tyrus spent the past three seasons as a baseball operations/video intern covering minor league teams for the San Diego Padres. Tyrus, who is fluent in Spanish, also spent time at the Padres Dominican facility.
Hopkins will be the new Area Scout in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico & Colorado (the Four Corners area). Hopkins, who worked the past three seasons as an intern in the Mariners amateur scouting department, graduated from Central Washington University in June, 2015. Hopkins, who is believed to be the first woman hired as a fulltime scout since the 1950s, is the daughter of Ron Hopkins, a longtime MLB scout with over 30 years of experience, including working for Seattle in 1988. Among his other stops, he was the Director of Scouting for Texas and Oakland. Amanda is a recent graduate of the Major League Baseball developmental program.
Laumann will be the new Area Scout in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan & Indiana. Jackson was drafted by the Atlanta Braves out of high school and spent three seasons (2012-14) in their minor league system. Laumann is a recent graduate of the Major League Baseball developmental program. He is the son of Doug Laumann, the former scouting director (and current special assistant to the GM) of the Chicago White Sox.
Terrasas, will be the new Area Scout in North Texas & Louisiana. He played in the Cincinnati and Miami minor league systems in 2013-2014. He is a 2013 graduate of Louisiana Tech University. Taylor is the son of Rudy Terrasas, the former Scouting Director of the New York Mets. Taylor is a 2014 graduate of the Major League Baseball developmental program.
Tromblee, will be the new Area Scout in South Texas. He played in the Los Angeles Angels minor league system from 2011-2014. He is a 2011 graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. He was working as a teacher and coach in Columbus, TX, prior to joining the Mariners. Tromblee is a recent graduate of the Major League Baseball developmental program.
Vecchio, will be the new Area Scout in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware & West Virginia. Vecchio has worked with Seattle as a part-time scout since 2009, while concurrently serving as the Director of Athletic Development for California University of Pennsylvania. Ross also spent 17 seasons as a minor league general manager for a variety of teams. He was a two-time Executive of the Year.