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Indians Name Brad Grant as Vice President of Baseball Operations

The Indians announced some moves today in to their Baseball Operations Department, naming Brad Grant as the Vice President of Baseball Operations.

The team also promoted Scott Barnsby to the Director of Amateur Scouting.

Grant has spent the last 10 seasons as the club’s Director of Amateur Scouting. The team has had some great success with him in that role, signing 15 players of the teams’ current 40-man roster while he was in charge in that position.

Former first round picks Lonnie Chisenhall, Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin and Bradley Zimmer have greatly impacted the Major League club in its consecutive A.L. Central Division titles in 2016–17. His 10-year run as Amateur Scouting Director was the longest in franchise history.

The team states in his new role, he will broaden in scope and shift out of Amateur Scouting and into Baseball Operations, where he will assist in all departments and platforms.

His role will include the coordination of capital projects and strategy in the areas of resource prioritization and allocation. Grant also will continue to be a departmental resource for each of the club’s scouting and player acquisition areas (Amateur, International and Pro Scouting) and will be a bridge between Baseball and Business Operations internally.

Barnsby recently finished his third season as the club’s Assistant Director of Scouting and has been a member of the Indians Amateur Scouting department since 2002. Barnsby will take on the day-to-day management of the Amateur Scouting department and will continue to lead the progress made in Amateur Scouting under Grant’s guidance.

“These promotions are recognition of the impact Brad and Scott have made on the organization, and more broadly, an acknowledgement of our Amateur Scouting group,” said Indians General Manager Mike Chernoff in a release.

“Brad has been instrumental in revamping the Amateur Scouting department’s processes and culture, and we look forward to expanding his role in new areas to impact all departments and personnel across Baseball Operations. Scott has built strong relationships across the organization and earned the respect of people industry-wide, and we’re excited about him guiding the department’s continuous improvement.”

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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