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Tom Allison, Jeff Kingston, Lee MacPhail Promoted; Joe Bohringer Added As Special Assistant to GM

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the addition of a Special Assistant and new titles and responsibilities in the Mariners baseball operations department.

Jeff Kingston has been promoted to Vice President & Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations. He will assist Dipoto in all aspects of the Mariners baseball operations and takes on additional responsibilities overseeing the Player Development department. Kingston was hired by Seattle on Sept. 17, 2009 as the Assistant General Manager, a position he has held the past six years. Prior to joining Seattle, Jeff served variously as Assistant to the Director of Player Development and Director of Baseball Operations with the San Diego Padres from 2001 until being hired by the Mariners.

Tom Allison has been promoted to Vice President, Player Personnel. In his expanded role, Tom will oversee all aspects of the Mariners scouting operation. Seattle’s Amateur, Professional and International Scouting will all report to Tom. Allison, who joined the team September 26, 2012, has over 20 years of professional scouting experience. He was previously the Mariners Director of Professional Scouting. Prior to joining Seattle, Tom worked in various scouting capacities with the New York Mets (1995-99), Milwaukee Brewers (2000-06) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2007-2010) and the Boston Red Sox (2011-2012).

Lee MacPhail IV has been promoted to Director of Professional Scouting, filling the spot previously held by Tom Allison. Lee joined Seattle as a Major League scout in November 2012. He previously worked with the Baltimore Orioles (2007-12), Minnesota Twins (2006-07), Washington Nationals (2002-06), Twins (1998-2002), Cleveland Indians (1996-98), Texas Rangers (1995-96) and Baltimore Orioles (1991-95)

MacPhail (Director of Professional Scouting), Tom McNamara (who will continue in his role as Director of Amateur Scouting) and Tim Kissner (who will continue in his role as Director of International Scouting) will all report directly to Tom Allison.

In addition, Joe Bohringer has been named Special Assistant to the General Manager after spending the previous four seasons as the Chicago Cubs Director of Professional Scouting. He served as a pro scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2006-11) where he evaluated professional players at all levels and assisted with crosschecking amateur players for the Arizona drafts in 2009 & 2010. He previously spent five seasons as an area scouting supervisor for the Seattle Mariners from 2002-06, first in California and then in the upper Midwest. Before beginning his scouting career, he spent three seasons as senior manager of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2001). He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993 with a business degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and soon began his baseball career with internships with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates while a student at MIT.

Going International: Mariners Sign Brayan Hernandez

Venezuelan outfielder Brayan Hernandez signs with the Seattle Mariners.

Venezuelan outfielder Brayan Hernandez signs with the Seattle Mariners.

The Mariners organization is pleased to welcome a special player into the fold with the signing of 16-year-old Venezuelan switch-hitting outfielder Brayan Hernandez.

Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner and coordinator Emilio Carrasquel worked very hard to make this signing official and it all culminated yesterday.

Everybody in the organization is happy to have him on board and ready to make contributions on the field. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Hernandez has been followed closely by the team, specifically by Carrasquel and scout Illich Salazar who is the area scout.

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Brayan Hernandez meets with Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner (left) and coordinator of Venezuelan Operations Emilio Carrasquel (right).

“[Hernandez] is a young man with tremendous physical ability and projection,” said Carrasquel.  “We had the chance to see him with our International Director Tim Kissner and we always knew he would be a good acquisition.

“I believe he is a player, for his age, that combines all five tools that you need in baseball. He’s still developing and we are very happy that the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with the family and agent for Brayan Hernandez.”

Hernandez, for his part, was beaming after realizing that he would be joining the Mariners organization.

“I’m proud to be able to wear a Seattle Mariners uniform and I’m very happy because this is a dream that I’ve always wanted, to wear this uniform,” said Hernandez. “I never thought that I’d be here with them but thanks to God, everything worked out. I worked hard for this and it is a joy to wear this uniform, to be able to represent it and in the future be able to lead it to a World Series.”

Over the weekend, Hernandez visited with the team, met with the staff, worked out with the club and took batting practice.

“[Meeting Felix Hernandez] was a beautiful experience,” said Hernandez. “And it was always a dream to stretch out my hand to Cano and it felt very good to do that.”

Brayan Hernandez meets with Felix Hernandez (left) and Roenis Elias (right).

Brayan Hernandez meets with Felix Hernandez (left) and Roenis Elias (right).

Once out on the field, you could see the emerging talent shine. During batting practice, the young switch-hitter sprayed line drives all over the field and also hit a home run into Edgar’s Cantina in left field and hit a few off the wall.

“He’s a very interesting young centerfielder from Venezuela who we like his current ability and there is still the projection left with him” said Kissner. “He’s a plus athlete with plus instincts and tools. He’s an intelligent young man with good instincts for the game and all the tools that we have seen we like and we think that he can continue to grow. That’s probably the most intriguing thing, his ability to play the game but still the upside that he has left.”

Here are a few audio clips from Brayan Hernandez (in Spanish), Tim Kissner and Emilio Carrasquel (in Spanish) about the signing:

Brayan Hernandez on signing with the Mariners:

Brayan Hernandez on choosing Seattle:

Brayan Hernandez on meeting some of his favorite players:

Tim Kissner on Brayan Hernandez:

Emilio Carrasquel on Brayan Hernandez:

Here’s a slideshow from Brayan Hernandez weekend with the Mariners:

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