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January 31, 2012

Rangers announce several promotions/ hires

The Texas Rangers have prided themselves on building a World Series-caliber organization from promoting within. They announced several promotions in their scouting department Tuesday afternoon, as well as in other departments.

Notably, professional scout Greg Smith moves to special assistant, major league scout; director, Pacific Rim operations Jim Colborn becomes senior advisor, Pacific Rim operations; central crosschecker Mike Grouse, who has spent 20 years in the organization, becomes national crosschecker; and amateur scout Randy Taylor, going into his 25th year with Texas, is now the midwest crosschecker.

Other organization transactions include hiring Don Kalkstein as sports psychology consultant; promoting assistant, baseball operations Matt Kotsche to manager, baseball operations; and naming Joey Prebynski an assistant advance scout.

All of the promotions/ hirings are below from the Rangers press release:


  • Promoted Greg Smith to Special Assistant, Major League Scout
  • Hired Chris Briones as Pro Scout


  • Promoted Jim Colborn to Senior Advisor, Pacific Rim Operations


  • Promoted Mike Grouse to National Crosschecker
  • Hired Clarence Johns as National Crosschecker
  • Promoted Randy Taylor to Midwest Crosschecker
  • Named John Booher as Southeast Crosschecker
  • Hired Casey Harvie as West Coast Crosschecker
  • Named Jay Heafner as Area Scout in South Texas and Louisiana
  • Named Takeshi Sakurayama as Area Scout in Northeast (NY, NJ, MA, CT, RI, ME, VT)
  • Named Frankie Thon as Area Scout in South Florida and Puerto Rico
  • Hired Doug Banks as Area Scout in Four Corners (AZ, NM, CO, UT)
  • Named Steve Watson as Area Scout in Texas
  • Hired Jonathan George as Area Scout in Mid-Atlantic (MD, PA, DC, DE, VA, WV)
  • Hired Cliff Terracuso as Area Scout in North and Central Florida
  • Named Ryan Lakey as Video Scout 


  • Hired Don Kalkstein as Sports Psychology Consultant
  • Promoted Matt Klotsche to Manager, Baseball Operations
  • Named Joey Prebynski as Assistant Advance Scout
  • Named Paul Kruger as Assistant, Player Development and International Scouting
  • Hired Mitchell Webb as Video Coordinator and Research Analyst
  • Promoted Brian SanFilippo to Manager, Media Services
  • Hired Rob Morse as Manager, Publications and Media Relations

-- Drew Davison


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Joey was always very professional and friendly in all of his dealings with the UTA baseball program. He sincerely appeared to enjoy in sharing in the success of all of the coaches and the players. It is great to hear that Joey is being rewarded for his successes at the Major League level with the Rangers. I am sure that you realize what a good person you have in Joey. He certainly will always be remembered by all of those who met him during his involvement with UTA baseball.

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