Braves hire Johnny Almaraz

The Braves have added a very important piece to the front office. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has more.

The Braves Show has learned that former Reds' Farm Director Johnny Almaraz has joined the Braves as the team's new Director of Latin American Operations.

Almaraz just resigned in December after sixteen years in the Reds' organization. Last year he was their Director of Player Development. From 2003-2005 he was the Reds' Director of International Scouting and Player Development after serving two years as the Assistant Director of Scouting and Special Assistant to the GM.

Almaraz had a huge hand in developing the Reds' Latin American operations in both Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. While a scout in the states he signed, among others, Adam Dunn, Jason LaRue, and Ray Olmeda.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can also be heard regularly on the Braves Radio Network. Email Bill at

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