Towers Quickly Molds Diamondbacks' New Front Office





PHOENIX—Kevin Towers wasted little time in fashioning the Diamondbacks' office of baseball operations to his specifications. His first move was to create a new position for holdover Jerry Dipoto, who will be the vice president of scouting/player development.

Dipoto basically will serve as Towers' right-hand man, a position that Ted Simmons and Grady Fuson filled while working under Towers in San Diego. The realignment consolidates the Diamondbacks' front office while ensuring, at least in theory, consistency throughout the organization.

"I thought it was important to structure baseball operations that way. The same guy that is overseeing the draft is overseeing development. It was probably my most important hire, along with (manager) Kirk Gibson," said Towers, who was hired as general manager Sept. 22. Dipoto was the other finalist.

Dipoto filled one side of his new job in 2010, when he served as the farm director. Josh Byrnes-hire Tom Allison was the scouting director, but Allison has left the organization.

Dipoto's first move was to promote Rico Brogna to farm director. He also hired highly regarded Ray Montgomery as the scouting director. Former farm director Mike Berger will become the director of pro scouting. 

Brogna, a former teammate of Dipoto's with the Mets, led Double-A Mobile to the Southern League playoffs in his first season as a manager. He spent the previous four seasons as a major league scout for the Diamondbacks and also has served as a hitting coach in the Phillies organization and as a scout with the Rockies.

"Rico is a leader with a knack for bringing people together and developing a team-over-self mentality. I am confident that his character both on and off the field will serve as great examples to the young players in our system, as well as our field staffs," Dipoto said.

Montgomery was assistant scouting director in Milwaukee the last two seasons. Berger, who took over as farm director in June 2009, after previous farm director A.J. Hinch was promoted to manager, will remain in the organization as a scout.

Snake Bites

• Catcher Konrad Schmidt was expected to miss the rest of the Arizona Fall League season after feeling shoulder discomfort the first week. Schmidt appeared in one game for Scottsdale, going 1-for-4 with an RBI.

• A right elbow injury kept oufielder A.J. Pollock on the shelf throughout the regular season, but the 2009 first-round pick was making up for lost time in the AFL. Pollock went 7-for-20 with three doubles through his first five games.