Prospect Development Pipeline Steering Group
USA Baseball is fortunate to have the support of some of the best and brightest minds in sport. The following are just a few of the dedicated professionals who help inform the decisions and processes of the Prospect Development Pipeline.
Neal Huntington, Executive VP/General Manager, Pittsburgh Pirates
Neal Huntington completed his ninth season as the General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016. He was appointed to the position on Sept. 25, 2007, thus becoming the 12th General Manager in the history of the Club. In his role as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Neal is responsible for the entire Baseball Operations department, which includes overseeing the Major League Club as well as the scouting and player development systems.
During his tenure, the Pirates have won 358 regular-season games over the last four seasons, the fourth-highest total in Major League Baseball. Prior to joining the Pirates, Neal worked as a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the 2007 American League Central Division champion Cleveland Indians.
In his role as Special Assistant to the General Manager, Huntington served as an evaluator and advisor for Cleveland General Manager Mark Shapiro, providing recommendations. Neal began his Major League career in the Montreal Expos organization in June of 1992. He spent the 1994 campaign as the video advance scout for the Montreal Expos Major League Club and was then promoted to Assistant Director, Player Development, after the 1994 season, where he assisted in all aspects of Montreal's Player Development system.
Neal played four years of baseball at Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he graduated in 1991 with a degree in Psychology; he also holds a Master's of Science in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Dayton Moore, Sr. VP Baseball Operations and General Manager, Kansas City Royals
Dayton Moore begins his 11th full season with the Kansas City Royals, after being named Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager in May 2006. From day one, the goal Moore set out to accomplish was bringing a World Championship back to Kansas City, a dream that was brought to fruition in 2015.
Moore's tenure in Kansas City has been one of the most successful runs in franchise history as the Royals have boasted 12 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, 24 All-Star Game selections and a Cy Young Award winner in his tenure. He has received several accolades over the last three seasons, being named to the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Kansan of the Year in 2014, while he has also been tabbed "Executive of the Year" by Major League Baseball (GIBBY Awards) in both 2014 and 2015 and the same distinction from the Kansas City Sports Commission in 2015.
Moore, a native of Wichita, Kansas, brought an impressive resume to the Royals in 2006, having previously worked for the Atlanta Braves' organization during their run of 14 straight division titles. With Atlanta, Moore served three years as Director of Player Personnel, beginning in 2002. Before joining the Braves, Moore served as an assistant baseball coach at his alma mater, George Mason University (1990-94). He received a Bachelor's degree (1989) and a Master's degree (1992) from GMU.
Deron Johnson, Senior Advisor of the Baseball Department, Minnesota Twins
Deron Johnson has been a member of the Twins organization since January of 1994.
While working as the Northern California Area Scout, Johnson was promoted to West Coast Supervisor in October of 1998, and in September of 2007, he was promoted to Director of Scouting for the Twins. In December of 2016, he was promoted to his current role of Senior Advisor of the Scouting Department. In this position, Deron scouts the best talent in the domestic and international amateur markets. In addition, he will assist the Professional Scouting Department by undertaking targeted Minor and Major League scouting assignments.
Johnson was born and raised in Vallejo, Calif., and graduated from St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., with a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1991. Prior to joining the Twins, Johnson played three Minor League seasons as an outfielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from 1988-1990. He served as the assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of San Francisco from 1992-93. In addition, Johnson has provided coverage of Minor League and Major League teams and has been part of the Twins Advance Scouting team for the postseason over the past seven years.
Tom McNamara, Special Assistant to the General Manager, Seattle Mariners
The 2017 season will be Tom McNamara's first as a Special Assistant to the General Manager. Tom is responsible for scouting amateur players in preparation for the annual June Draft, and he will now also evaluate professional players and be used to scout players around the globe. McNamara spent eight seasons as the Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting after being named to the position in November 2008. McNamara has overseen the Club's last eight Drafts, which have produced 23 Major League players.
In 1988, McNamara graduated from Dominican College in Blauvelt, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities. As a center fielder, he set the New York State College record for most stolen bases in a season with 71 in 1988. McNamara signed with the Mariners in 1988 as a non-drafted free agent and played one year in the Northwest League with the Bellingham Mariners. Following his playing career, McNamara spent three years coaching baseball at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. He is a member of the Rockland Community College and Dominican College Athletic Hall of Fame. Tom has 21 years of scouting experience; he was previously an Area Scout for the Mariners from 1994-2000, covering the Northeast, and he spent three years working in Milwaukee: two years as an area scout (2001-02) and one year as the East Coast Supervisor (2008). McNamara also spent four years as a professional scout with the San Diego Padres.
Sig Mejdal, Former Special Assistant to the General Manager, Houston Astros
Sig is an analyst and former NASA engineer and Special Assistant to the General Manager in Process Improvement for the Houston Astros. From 2005 to 2011, he was with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he created the processes and formulas that combined scouting evaluations with on-field performance.
In that time period, the Cardinals drafted more Major Leaguers than any other organization. In 2012, Sig went with Jeff Luhnow to the Houston Astros, where Jeff became the General Manager and named Sig the Director of Decision Sciences. Sig developed a new analytics department (that has since grown to nine analysts) and new decision-making processes within the Astros organization. Much of his focus is now on the implementation of the analytical findings throughout the system and the continued exploration of new technologies.
Randy Flores, Director of Scouting, St. Louis Cardinals
Randy Flores was named the Cardinals Director of Scouting on Aug. 28, 2015. Flores oversees all aspects of the scouting department including the amateur Draft. Prior to joining the Cardinals front office, Flores founded a sports technology startup that assists in the instruction and evaluation of amateur players via customized in-game video and data integration.
Drafted out of the University of Southern California in the ninth round of the 1997 amateur Draft by the New York Yankees, Flores made his debut in 2002 with Texas Rangers. He was part of the Cardinals 2006 World Series Championship team and spent eight seasons in the Majors. The left-hander played for St. Louis from 2004-08, appearing in more than 200 games as a relief pitcher, and also saw big league action with the Colorado Rockies (2002, 2009-10) and the Minnesota Twins (2010).
Flores later returned to his alma mater, earning a Master's in Postsecondary Administration (2014) following his playing days. During his graduate program, he worked as an assistant coach for the Trojans (2013) and provided on-air analysis for ESPN and the Pac-12 Networks.
Billy Gasparino, Amateur Scouting Director, Los Angeles Dodgers
Billy Gasparino enters his third season as the Dodgers' Director of Amateur Scouting. Prior to his time in Los Angeles, Gasparino spent four seasons with the Padres as Director of Scouting (2012-14) and National Crosschecker (2010-12). He also worked for the Blue Jays, originally joining Toronto as an area scout covering Southern California from 2004-06 before being promoted to National Crosschecker in 2007.
He got his start working in the front office as an intern with the Indians in 2003. An infielder during his playing career, Gasparino was selected by the Rockies in the 17th round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft from Oklahoma State University and spent one season in their Minor League system with Class A Portland.
Brad Grant, Vice President Baseball Operations, Cleveland Indians
Brad Grant begins his 24th season with the Cleveland Indians. Brad directs all elements of the First-Year Player Draft: managing the club's 22 amateur scouts while also directly overseeing the club's evaluation, information-gathering and process implementation efforts for the Draft. Grant began his tenure with the Indians in 1994 as an intern in the Marketing department.
He started his career in the Baseball Operations department in 1995 as a scouting intern, moved to a full-time position as Assistant, Scouting Operations, in 1996 and was appointed to the position of Assistant Director of Scouting in 1999. In November of 2007, he was named Director, Amateur Scouting, and was recently promoted to Senior Director, Amateur Scouting, in November of 2016.
Brad graduated in 1994 from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. He swam for four years for Miami after receiving high school All-American honors at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio.
Tony Reagins, Executive Vice President of Baseball and Softball Development, Major League Baseball
Reagins recently completed his 25th year in professional baseball.
His unique career path began with an internship with the Los Angeles Angels and included stops as the team's Director of Player Development and ultimately overseeing all Baseball Operations, becoming only the fifth African American General Manager in Major League Baseball history. As General Manager of the Angels, Reagins amassed a record of 363-285 (.560), averaging nearly 91 wins a season. Reagins' highlights included leading the club to its first 100-win season, which resulted in Reagins being voted the Rube Foster American League Executive of the Year.
In 2015, Reagins joined the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball as Senior Vice President of Youth Programs, a new role in which he will oversee the League's expanded focus on youth baseball participation. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2018.
John D'Angelo, Senior Director League Economics, Major League Baseball
John is the Senior Director of League Economics and Strategy at Major League Baseball. He joined MLB in 2012 and works on a team responsible for economic initiatives across the industry including the revenue sharing system, player contract approvals, salary arbitration, and negotiating economic provisions of the collective bargaining agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association. Prior to Major League Baseball, John worked in the Baseball Operations departments of the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds. John received his BA from Amherst College in 2010.