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Rays make changes in scouting ranks

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay has announced several staffing changes to its international operations, pro scouting and amateur scouting departments.

Carlos Rodriguez has been promoted to the director of Latin American scouting after previously working as a pro scout for the Rays. Carlos Alfonso is now the special assistant for international operations and will focus primarily on Mexico, Europe and the Pacific Rim. He enters his 48th season in professional baseball and seventh with the Rays.

Bobby Heck has been hired as a special-assignment scout. He most recently served as the assistant general manager and director of scouting for the Astros. Fred Repke has been promoted to special-assignment scout after serving as a regional supervisor in amateur scouting. Jeff McAvoy has also been promoted to special-assignment scout after serving as a pro scout.

In amateur scouting, Chuck Ricci has been hired as the national crosschecker, having served in the same role for the Indians since 2005. Jake Wilson has been promoted to western regional supervisor after previously serving as an area supervisor. New area supervisors include former Rays Minor Leaguers Josh Arhart (Southern/Central California) and Ronnie Merrill (Florida). Jack Cressend has been hired as an amateur pitching consultant.

New pro scout hires include Mike Brown and Kevin Ibach. Brown has spent time with the Royals, Mets and Astros organizations, while Ibach previously worked as an area scout for the Marlins.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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