The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named Mark Snipp and Tim Wilken as Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice President & General Manager Dave Stewart, and Pete Vuckovich as Pro Scout, as announced by Stewart.
In addition, Luis Gonzalez was promoted to Senior Advisor to the President & CEO Derrick Hall.
Snipp worked with the Cincinnati Reds as a national crosschecker and special assignment scout from 2006-15, and was credited as one of the signing scouts for Cuban pitcher Raisel Iglesias. Prior to the Reds, Snipp worked with the California Angels (1984-86) as a scout, Chicago White Sox (1987-90) as a scout and roving crosschecker and Toronto Blue Jays (1991-2003) as an area supervisor, national crosschecker and assistant scouting director.
Wilken comes to the D-backs after spending the previous 10 seasons with the Chicago Cubs as director of amateur and professional scouting from (2006-12) and special assistant to the president and general manager (2012-15). He was responsible for drafting a number of future Major League players while with the Cubs, including All-Stars Jeff Samardzija (2006), Josh Donaldson (2007), Josh Harrison (2008) and D.J. LeMahieu (2009), San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner (2008) and Cubs infielder Javier Baez (2011).
Wilken, who began his career as an area scout for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1979 and worked 25 years in various roles within the organization, was named the 2006 East Coast Scout of the Year by the Scout of the Year Foundation. Following his tenure with the Blue Jays, Wilken spent 3 years with the Tampa Bay Rays as a special assistant to the general manager.
Vuckovich, who won the 1982 American League Cy Young Award, begins his first season with the D-backs' after spending 4 seasons with the Seattle Mariners as the special assistant to the general manager (Sept. 2011-15). He also worked in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization from 1992-2011, including serving as the club's pitching coach from 1997-2000.
Gonzalez, a 5-time NL All-Star, joined the D-backs front office as special assistant to the president & CEO in Aug. 2009 following his retirement from his 19-year Major League career. In 2010, he was the first former D-back to have his number (20) retired during a pre-game ceremony, and in 2015, had an award named in his honor that will be given annually to the D-backs player who best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of the D-backs legend both on and off the field, as voted by his teammates, coaches and clubhouse staff.