D-backs Honor Contibutions Of Haley, McCullough
New general manager Kevin Towers is changing more than the future of the Diamondbacks. He and vice president for scouting and player development Jerry Dipoto also found a way to remember the organization's past while doing a little something for the present.
The Diamondbacks named long-time scout Howard McCullough and low Class A South Bend manager Mark Haley as recipients of inaugural awards at the team's organization meetings the week before spring training, when they also increased the meal allowance for scouts.
Area supervisor McCullough was given the Roland Hemond award for his scouting contributions and Haley won the Joe Garagiola Jr. award for his impact in player development. McCullough, who is based in North Carolina, signed Mark Reynolds and Chad Tracy, among others, stocking the parent club in third basemen for half of a decade.
Haley, hired by Garagiola after 13 seasons with the White Sox, has led South Bend to the postseason in five of his six years. The Silver Hawks won the Midwest League title in 2005.
"Our inaugural honorees have been impact members of the organization for many years," Dipoto said.
An original member of the scouting team, McCullough joined the Diamondbacks in 1995, almost three years before Arizona's first big league club took the field in 1998.
"It is a humbling honor and means so much, considering it is named for Roland, who has dedicated his life to baseball," said McCullough, a former pitching coach at North Carolina.
Like McCullough, Haley may have a lot to do with Arizona's third baseman of the future after the offseason trade of Reynolds to the Orioles for bullpen arms David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. Matt Davidson, Arizona's No. 3 prospect, and Bobby Borchering, the organization's No. 7 prospect, split time at third base for Haley last season.
Borchering, the 16th overall pick of the 2009 draft, hit .270/.341/.423 with 31 doubles, 15 home runs and 74 RBIs in South Bend last season. He was second on the team in those categories to Davidson, a sandwich pick in the 2009 draft who hit .289/.371/.504 with 34 doubles, 16 homers and 79 RBIs in South Bend before a late-season promotion to high Class A Visalia.
• Outfielder Cyle Hankerd, 26, was released by the Diamondbacks and took an assistant coaching job at his alma mater Southern California. Arizona's third round pick in 2006, Hankerd hit .282/.354/.413 over five minor league seasons.
• Former Diamondbacks and long-time major league lefthander Ed Vosberg will serve as the sports marketing specialist for Triple-A Tucson, the Padres' relocated Pacific Coast League affiliate.