Marlins hire two pro scouts to 'beef up' department

Marlins hire two pro scouts to 'beef up' department

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins have made two additions to their scouting department, hiring David Keller and Dominic Viola to work on their pro staff.

Keller, formerly with the Red Sox, will be the assistant director of pro scouting, working closely with Jeff McAvoy, the director of pro scouting. Dominic Viola, previously with the Reds, was named a special assignment scout.

"They're two new additions," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "We're continually trying to beef up the department."

The Marlins have made a couple of other changes in their scouting department. Pro scout Brendan Hass has been informed that he is not being renewed, and Tommy Thompson is being switched to an advisory role in player development.

A year ago on the final day of the season, the organization promoted Hill to president of baseball operations and Dan Jennings to general manager. The aim was to gain as many experienced professional evaluators as possible. Miami last year hired McAvoy, Mike Berger (assisant general manager) and Craig Weissmann (vice president of player personnel).

The additions played big roles in two midseason trades. In June, Miami acquired reliever Bryan Morris from the Pirates for a Competitive Balance pick. And on July 31, right-hander Jarred Cosart and infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez were obtained from Houston for Jake Marisnick and Colin Moran.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.