St. Louis Cardinals Announce Baseball Operations Changes

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St. Louis Cardinals press release

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today (Monday, January 7) a number of staff hires and promotions within the team’s Baseball Operations group today, including the transition of José Oquendo from Major League Coach to Minor League Instructor and the promotion of Adam Olsen to Director of Medical Operations.

The team also announced the promotions of Thomas Knox to Assistant Director, Performance and Lance Thomason to Major League Strength Coach and that Joey Prebynski has been hired for the newly-created position of Major League Game Plan Coach.

Additional Baseball Operations promotions include Brian Seyfert to Baseball Development, Senior Developer; Emily Wiebe to Baseball Development Analyst, Player Development & Performance; Javier Duran, Baseball Operations Analyst; Elijah Tupuola and Craig Richmond from minor league coaches to scouts.  The team also announced the hiring of Chris Bourjos, Filiberto Fernandez and Jesus Perez as scouts.

Michael Whitty was promoted to Manager, Baseball Communications and Chris Tunno to Administrator, Baseball Information and Media Services.

Brian Walton’s take

Just to be clear, Baseball Operations for the St. Louis Cardinals is the domain of John Mozeliak, as his title of President of Baseball Operations reminds us.

Several of these moves had been announced previously, most notably the return of long-time St. Louis third base coach Oquendo to the player development staff in Jupiter.

Craig Richmond (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Olsen had been the team’s head athletic trainer and Knox a physical therapist. The new game plan coach position was covered in detail last month by Whitty and Tunno are long-time members of the media relations team.

It is encouraging to see Tupuola and Richmond transition into scouting. In 2018, the pair had been part of the “Fourth Coach” program, a developmental position from which an individual is trained both as a scout and a coach for one year, with the expectation he would then select one direction or the other to continue his career. Tupuola had been assigned to Double-A Springfield and Richmond was with the high-A Palm Beach Cardinals last season.


Keough had worked out of Arizona, where Bourjos is also located. Bourjos, 64, had previously scouted for the Blue Jays, Brewers, Orioles and Padres. He is the father of former Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos’.

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