With the Christmas holiday still 10 days away, the Cleveland Indians gave a few early presents in the form of new positions in their Professional and Amateur Scouting Departments.
Namely, the Tribe officially promoted Brad Grant (Senior Director, Amateur Scouting), Junie Melendez (Regional Supervisor) and Andrew Krause (Area Scouting Supervisor) on Thursday morning. New hires within the department include the likes of Pete Loizzo (Area Scouting Supervisor), Dan Budreika (Professional Scout) and Ethan Purser (Professional Scout).
Grant headlines the six transactions in that he has been the team's Director of Amateur Scouting for the last 9 seasons. The deserving promotion also comes as a result of his long-standing tenure of 23 seasons with the Indians Scouting Department. Grant's job entails a leadership role in the evaluation, information-gathering and process implementation aspects of the MLB Draft held in June.
Returning for his ninth season with the Tribe, Melendez has quite the decorated pedigree through his time as an area scouting supervisor in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky. Melendez graduated from the University of Toledo in 1999 and will supervise management, evaluation and the information gathering process amid the club's Upper Midwest Area Supervisors.
Krause will make the transition to a full-time job with the Indians after previously serving a part-time scouting position. Krause's past stops include his role as a video intern for the Tampa Bay Rays, an internship within Tampa Bay's Baseball Operations Department in 2014 and an internship with Baseball America. This upcoming season, Krause will travel between Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky as the newest Area Scouting Supervisor.
Hailing from St. Olaf College, Loizzo is slated to serve a role similar to that of Krause by covering North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Loizzo has experience as an Operations Manager and Sales Associate for Inside Edge Scouting Services.
Budreika attended Duquesne University and graduated in 2012. He has four years of work with the Miami Marlins under his belt after serving as their Baseball Operations Video Assistant (2013-15) and Major League Video Coordinator (2016).
Purser rounds out the six-pack of transactions as another newly hired Professional Scout. Similar to Krause, Purser spent time with the Rays as an amateur scout this past campaign. Graduating from Berry College in 2014, Purser went on to work for Baseball Prospectus and Perfect Game following his college experience.
Expect the Indians to continue to realign their front office this winter in preparation for the 2017 season.
John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.