Mariners promote Hunter to director of scouting

HOUSTON -- Scott Hunter, a Mariners scout for the past three seasons, was promoted to director of amateur scouting on Monday by general manager Jerry Dipoto.

The 40-year-old Hunter replaced Tom McNamara in that role after McNamara was recently promoted to a special assistant to the GM post.

Hunter has spent the past 22 seasons in professional baseball, including the last three as Seattle's international crosschecker. He will now report to Tom Allison, the team's vice president of player personnel, who also oversees the international and pro scouting departments.

"Scott has seen professional baseball through a myriad of different lenses, both domestically and abroad," Dipoto said. "His diverse experiences have produced a well-balanced set of skills as an evaluator, communicator, teacher and decision maker. This well-deserved promotion will only enhance the positive impact he continues to make with the Mariners."

Prior to joining the Mariners, Hunter spent 10 seasons as a coach or scout in the Mets organization, including four years as a Northeast regional scouting supervisor and crosschecker from 2009-13. He was also a coach with Class A Brooklyn in 2006 and the rookie Gulf Coast League Mets in '05. He worked as an area scout for the Mets in the Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania areas from 2004-09.

After being drafted in the fifth round by the Dodgers in 1993, the Philadelphia native spent nine seasons as an outfielder in the Minor Leagues with the Dodgers, Mets, Expos, Indians and Orioles.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.