The Minnesota Twins announced a fairly substantial hire on Tuesday morning.
The Minnesota Twins made big news this week on a personnel front in their new contract for manager Paul Molitor and firing of pitching coach Neil Allen, but it was a hiring of a 20-something that could be the biggest move for the future of the franchise.
With Brad Steil moving up to the Director of Professional Scouting, the role he previously fulfilled overseeing the minor leagues was open. The person chosen to fill that role is going to end up being younger than a number of the players that he oversees in 2018.
Jeremy Zoll has spent time in the front offices of the Angels, being named the director of advance scouting for the Angels at age 23 before joining the Dodgers front office as the Senior Manager of Player Development. He’s served in that role since.
Zoll is just 27, but as you can see from this interview transcribed from an interview given over the air to the Dodgers’ Midwest League affiliate broadcast, he’s quite intelligent. He’s also from Haverford College, which is Thad Levine’s alma mater as well. Both played college baseball for Haverford, though nearly 20 years apart!
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Adler was discussed as a hire in a press conference in early September, but was officially announced in press release in the same press release as Zoll, as mentioned by Bollinger. He is working as the Director of Baseball Operations. Most recently, Adler was at Harvard, where he received an MBA from Harvard Business and a J.D. from Harvard Law, but he does have an extensive level of experience, most recently working with the Jacksonville Jaguars as their director of football research from
Adler has previously worked in the NFL with the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns and also in the Major League Baseball Labor Relations. Even with that experience, Adler is just 30 years old currently, so he’s not exactly “old”.
These are exactly the type of hires that make perfect sense with the current front office, finding guys who are very intelligent and will work well with the focus of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine.