Red Sox make series of front-office appointments

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Red Sox make series of front-office appointments

Red Sox press release:

BOSTON The Boston Red Sox today announced a series of personnel moves in the organizations baseball operations department. Executive Vice PresidentGeneral Manager Ben Cherington made the announcements.

BASEBALL OPERATIONS
Jared Banner has been promoted to Assistant Director, Player Personnel after serving as Coordinator, Amateur Scouting from 2011-12. Banner joined the organization as Red Sox Fellow in baseball operations in 2007 and served as Assistant, Player Development in 2008-09 and Assistant, Amateur Scouting in 2010.

Mike Murov has been promoted to Coordinator, Baseball Operations. Murov previously served as Assistant, Baseball Operations from 2011-12 after joining the Red Sox as an intern in the baseball operations department in 2010. He was also a baseball operations intern with the Reds (2009) and Marlins (2008).

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Duncan Webb has been promoted to Assistant Director, Player Development. Webb had held the role of Player Development Programs Coordinator from 2010-2012. He joined the Red Sox organization as an intern at the Red Sox Academy in the Dominican Republic in 2006 and also served as Latin Education Coordinator from 2007-09.

Laz Gutierrez has been promoted to Coordinator, Player Development Programs. Gutierrez was an amateur scout for Southern and Northeast Florida beginning in 2006 and also served as Short-A Lowells pitching coach in 2007 and 2010. A former left-handed pitcher, he spent three seasons in the Detroit and San Diego minor league systems from 1998-2001.

Tim Hyers has been promoted to Minor League Hitting Coordinator after previously serving as the club's area scout for Georgia over the last four years (2009-12). He was hitting coach at Single-A West Michigan in the Tigers minor league system in 2002, and played parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues with the Padres (1994-95), Tigers (1996), and Marlins (1999).

George Lombard has been promoted to Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator. Lombard had served as manager for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox from 2011-12. He joined the Red Sox organization as a hitting coach for Short-A Lowell in 2010. A former outfielder, he played parts of six Major League seasons with the Braves (1998-2000), Tigers (2002), Devil Rays (2003), and Nationals (2006). He also spent two seasons in the Red Sox farm system, appearing at Double-A Portland (2004) and Triple-A Pawtucket (2004-05).

AMATEUR SCOUTING
Mike Rikard has been named National Scouting Coordinator. Rikard served as national crosschecker with the Red Sox from 2010-12 and was a regional crosschecker from 2005-2009. He previously served as a scout in the Padres organization.

John Booher has been named National Crosschecker after spending the last three seasons with the Texas Rangers as a southeast crosschecker (2012) and professional scout (2010-11). Booher returns to the Red Sox having previously served as a scout for the club from 2003-09. He also spent 12 years scouting for the Florida Marlins.

Quincy Boyd has been promoted to Regional Crosschecker after serving as an area scout for North Carolina and South Carolina from 2007-12. He was a scout for the club in the Midwest region in 2006.

Jim Robinson has been promoted to Regional Crosschecker. Robinson joined the club in 1999 and served as an area scout for North Texas and North Louisiana.

Tom Kotchman has been tabbed as an Area Scout in Northern Florida. Kotchman was also recently named as a coach for the Red Sox Rookie-level Gulf Coast League club. He is a veteran of 34 years as a minor league manager and scout, including the last 29 seasons in the Angels system.

Brian Moehler has been hired as an Area Scout in Georgia after a professional career as a right-handed pitcher. He spent parts of 14 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Tigers (1996-2002), Blue Jays (2002), Reds (2002) Astros (2003, 2007-10), and Marlins (2005-06).

John Pyle has joined the organization as an Area Scout in the Ohio Valley. Pyle played parts of two seasons as a catcher in the Texas Rangers minor league system from 1993-94.

Willie Romay has been hired as an Area Scout in Southern Florida. Romay spent 14 years as a scout for the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau following five minor league seasons as an outfielder in the Mariners (1989-91), Dodgers (1992), and Marlins (1994) systems.

PROFESSIONAL SCOUTING
Steve Peck has been promoted to Special Assignment Scout. Peck joined the Red Sox organization as a professional scout in 2009 after 13 years as a member of the Seattle Mariners coaching and scouting staff, including serving as an advance scout from 2004-2008. He also worked with the Mariners as a minor league pitching coach (1996-2001) and as an amateur scout (2002-03). A former left-handed pitcher, Peck spent seven seasons in the Athletics (1988-90), Angels (1991-93) and Brewers (1994) systems.

Dave Klipstein has been promoted to Major League Scout after serving as a professional scout from 2007-12. Klipstein joined the Red Sox from the Texas Rangers, where he served as a national and central crosschecker in the amateur scouting department from 1997-2006. He also served as an area scout with Pittsburgh from 1993-96 after seven years as a minor league outfielder with the Brewers (1982-87) and Reds (1988) organizations.

Anthony Turco has been named a Professional Scout after serving as an amateur scout for the Red Sox in Northwest and West Florida from 2007-12.

INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING
Victor Rodriguez Jr. has been promoted to Area Supervisor and Dominican Republic Crosschecker after serving as a scout in the Dominican Republic from 2011-12. Selected by Boston in the 2003 June draft, he interned with the Red Sox Florida Operations in 2008 and served as an associate scout for the club in Florida from 2009-10. He is the son of Red Sox Assistant Hitting Coach Victor Rodriguez, Sr.

Wilder Lobo, Ramon Mora and Alex Requena have been hired as a Scouts in Venezuela.

Carlos Lugo has been hired as a Scout in the Dominican Republic.

Dennis Neuman has been hired as a Scout in Curacao and Aruba after a professional career as a right-handed pitcher in the Red Sox minor league system from 2007-11. Named a mid-season South Atlantic League All-Star in 2010, Neuman had a 3.40 ERA through five seasons and 145 minor-league games.

David Tapia has been hired as a Scout in Mexico.

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

BOSTON – Prior to Saturday’s game, Terry Rozier talked to CSNNE.com about the importance of staying ready always, because “you never know when your name or number is going to be called.”

Like when trailing by three points in the fourth quarter with less than 10 seconds to play?

Yes, Rozier was on the floor in that scenario and the second-year guard delivered when his team needed it.

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But Rozier’s fourth quarter heroics which forced overtime against Portland, did not provide that much-needed jolt that Boston needed as the Blazers managed to fend off the Celtics in overtime, 127-123.

For Rozier’s part, he had 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

The 15 points scored for Rozier was the most for him since he tallied 16 in a 30-point Celtics win at Orlando on Dec. 7.

But more than the points, the decision by head coach Brad Stevens to draw up a play for him in that moment, a time when most of what Boston does revolves around the shooting of Isaiah Thomas who has been among the top-3 scorers in the fourth quarter most of this season, was surprising to many.

And at that point in the game, Thomas already had 13 fourth-quarter points.

Stevens confirmed after the game that the last shot in the fourth was indeed for Rozier, but Thomas’ presence on the floor was important to its execution.

“He (Thomas) also draws a lot of attention,” Stevens said. “So I think you just weigh kind of … what kind of shot you’re going to get, depending on who it is.”

Rozier had initially screened for Thomas, and Thomas came back and screened for him.

“I was open as soon as I caught … and I let it fly,” Rozier said. “Coach drew up a play for me and it felt good to see the ball go in.”

Being on the floor at that time, win or lose, was a victory of sorts for Rozier.

He has seen first-hand how quickly the tide can change in the NBA for a young player.

After a strong summer league showing and a solid training camp, Rozier had earned himself a firm spot in the team’s regular rotation.

But a series of not-so-great games coupled with Gerald Green’s breakout night on Christmas Day, led to his playing time since then becoming more sporadic.

Rozier, in an interview with CSNNE.com, acknowledged it hasn’t been easy going from playing regular minutes to not being sure how much court time, if any, he would receive.

But he says the veterans on the team have been good about keeping his spirits up, and one in particular – Avery Bradley – has been especially helpful.

Like Rozier, Bradley’s first couple of years saw his playing time go from non-existent to inconsistent. But Bradley stayed the course and listened to the team’s veterans who continued to tell him that his hard work would pay off sooner or later.

Those same words of wisdom Bradley received in his early days, he passes on to Rozier.

“It’s big,” Rozier told CSNNE.com. “He (Bradley) tells me things like that. I felt I was ready for this (inconsistent minutes) after all that he told me. It’s big to have a guy like him that has been through it all with a championship team, been around this organization for a while; have him talk to you is big. It’s always good. That’s why I stay positive, and be ready.”

Which is part of the reason why Stevens didn’t hesitate to call up a play for the second-year guard despite him being a 33.3 percent shooter from 3-point range this season – that ranks eighth on this team, mind you.

“He’s a really good shooter,” Stevens said of Rozier. “I think with more opportunity that will show itself true, but he made some big ones in the fourth quarter. We went to him a few different times out of time-outs, and felt good about him making that one.”

And to know that Stevens will turn to him not just to spell Thomas or one of the team’s other guards, but to actually make a game-altering play in the final seconds … that’s major.

“It helps tremendously,” said Rozier who added that his confidence is through “the roof. It makes me want to do everything. You know defense, all of that. It’s great, especially to have a guy like Brad trust you."