The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named Jared Porter as Senior Vice President & Assistant General Manager, promoted Mike Bell to Vice President, Player Development and named Josh Barfield as Assistant Director, Professional Scouting, as announced by Executive Vice President & General Manager Mike Hazen.
Porter, 36, worked with Hazen with the Boston Red Sox from 2006-15. Porter has been part of 4 World Series championship teams with the Boston Red Sox in 2004, '07 and '13 and the Chicago Cubs in 2016.
Porter spent the last 13 months with the Cubs as Director, Professional Scouting/Special Assistant, having joined the organization in September 2015, and worked with President, Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and Executive Vice President/General Manager Jed Hoyer. He spent 12 seasons with the Red Sox from 2004-15, and during his last 4 seasons (2012-15) he held the title of Director of Professional Scouting. He was the Assistant Director of Professional Scouting from 2010-11, Coordinator of Professional Scouting in 2008-09, Player Development Assistant from 2006-07 and an Intern in 2004-05, first at the club's Spring Training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. in 2004 then in Boston in 2005. He also gained experience in the Cape Cod League in 2002-03 as an intern for the Brewster Whitecaps.
The native of Wayzata, Minnesota and Duxbury, Massachusetts graduated from Bowdoin College (Maine) in 2003 with a degree in history. He played baseball and hockey for the Polar Bears, and was the captain of both teams his senior season.
Bell, 41, is entering his 11th season with the D-backs and 25th in professional baseball. He was the Director, Player Development for the past 6 seasons (2011-16). In 6 seasons overseeing D-backs affiliates, 24 clubs have made playoff appearances and 7 have won league championships.
Barfield, 33, will be in his third season with the D-backs. Last season, he served as a Professional Scout based out of Scottsdale, Ariz. He spent 4 seasons in the Majors with the Padres (2006) and Indians (2007-09). He is the son of Jesse Barfield, who had a 12-year Major League career.