Rays Front Office: Five Earn Promotions


The Rays are promoting from within, deciding to reward those who earned it with the team instead of bringing in new personnel

Few people pay much attention to the front office moves made by baseball organizations aside from the General Manager, President, and for some, the Scouting Director. However, the information those leaders have comes from the team they put together. The better the quality of those folks, the better the chances they’ll put a winning team together.

As Rays President Matt Silverman stated:

"“Our baseball operations staff is filled with talented people, and these promotions are further evidence of that,” “Each person in this group is integral to our operations, and their expanded responsibilities will provide them new avenues for growth, development and impact.”"

The Rays recently promoted five of their Operations personnel and we’d like to point each of them out to you. The link to their entire Front Office staff page is here.

Peter Bendix

  • Previous position: Coordinator, Baseball Research and Development
  • New Position: Director, Baseball Development
  • Bio: One of the original Rotographs feature members. Rotograph is “FanGraphs’ fantasy baseball advice and analysis section”.  You can find much of his work here, including praise for Cameron Maybin, Brandon Wood, Zach Duke and Ian Snell. He’s an extremely intelligent guy who is half responsible for the Knuth-Bendix algorithm.

Shawn Hoffman

Kevin Ibach

  • Previous Position: Pro Scout
  • New Position: Director, Pro Scouting
  • Bio: Studied at Lasalle University, was a Midwest Area Scout for the Marlins, as well as the Orioles Baseball Operations Coordinator after working his way up from minor league operations assistant
  • Follow him on Twitter: @kevinibach (although he admits to not Tweeting much)
  • On a serious note, and to help him and his family out, this is a Tweet from Kevin in September of 2014. So far, $44,361 of their goal of $50,000 has been raised, and it’s still an active fund-raiser:

Josh Kalk

Brian Plexico

Looking through this list, you notice that all of these individuals have a vast array of experience. Some are part of a no-longer new effort to bring in extremely intelligent people who can provide insight in one form or another. Whether it’s purely analytical or scouting, it’s fair to say that each of these guys has brought something important to the Rays front office as they try to compete with any edge they can gather.

Next: Tampa Bay Rays: Reflecting Upon the Future

Congratulations go out to all of them for their promotions and we certainly hope they’ll continue to do the outstanding work they’ve done so far. If the Rays are interested in filling the spots made available with one of the hardest working individuals they could ever hire, I’m available and willing to interview!