Purpura takes over a position that was vacated by Scott Servais in early November. Servais, who had served as the Rangers' farm director since 2005, was hired as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's assistant general manager in charge of scouting and player development.
The director of player development's role involves overseeing the entire minor league system, from the Dominican Summer League up to Triple-A. The change in minor league leadership may bring a different perspective. While Servais was able to provide extra assistance due to his background in playing and coaching, Purpura has experience in a different field––he served as the Astros' general manager between November 2004 and September '07.
Purpura takes over a Rangers' minor league system that is currently regarded as one of the strongest in baseball.
The club also promoted Jayce Tingler to minor league field coordinator. It's a role that Mike Micucci has held during the last two seasons. Although Micucci may not be staying in the same position, he is expected to remain with the Rangers' organization in 2012.
Tingler joined the Texas organization after playing at Double-A Frisco and retiring in '06. The 31-year-old coach led his club to first-place finishes in all three of his years as a professional manager––with the Dominican Summer League Rangers in '08 and '09 and the rookie-level Surprise Rangers in '10. He took a job as coordinator of instruction at the lower levels in '11, overseeing the club's Dominican Republic and Arizona operations.
Located below is the Rangers' press release regarding Purpura's hiring:
Prior to his four years with Minor League Baseball, Purpura worked for the Houston Astros for 14 seasons, including serving as the club's General Manager from Nov. 1, 2004-Aug. 27, 2007. The Astros won its lone National League pennant and made its only World Series appearance in 2005 during Purpura's tenure.
Purpura also spent seven seasons in the dual role of Assistant General Manager and Farm Director for the Astros. In 2001, the Astros organization was named the Major League Organization of the Year by Baseball Weekly, Baseball America, Topps and Sportsticker. Purpura joined the Astros in January of 1994, serving stints as Assistant Director of Minor League Operations and Director of Player Relations.
He spent two seasons as a founding member of the staff of the Arizona Fall League after beginning his baseball career with player development stints with the Angels and Padres from 1990-92. A native of Oak Lawn, Ill., Purpura graduated from Chicago's Loyola University in 1986 and earned a law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego in 1992. He was inducted into the Oak Lawn Community High School (Ill.) Hall of Fame in November 2005 and was awarded the Roland Hemond Meritorious Service Award in November 2010.
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