Cardinals Tab Vuch as New Farm Director
John Vuch
John Vuch

Posted Sep 16, 2010


Long-time St. Louis Cardinals executive John Vuch receives promotion to head of player development.

St. Louis Cardinals Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak and Vice President/Scouting & Player Development Jeff Luhnow announced Thursday several promotions and staffing enhancements within the organization’s player development & scouting structuring.

John Vuch (pronounced vooch), a member of the Cardinals organization since the late 1970s, has been promoted to Farm Director and will oversee all aspects of the team’s player development under the direction of Luhnow. Vuch, who began his career working alongside former Cardinals player development leaders such as Lee Thomas, Ted Simmons, Jim Riggleman, Mike Jorgensen and Bruce Manno, also worked closely with Cardinals on-field instructional legends George Kissell and Dave Ricketts. He most recently has worked together with Luhnow’s staff, serving as Director of Minor League Operations.

The Cardinals also announced that Michael Elias has been promoted to Manager of Amateur Scouting. Elias, who joined the Cardinals in 2007, has recently served as an Area Scout. In his new role, Elias will coordinate organizational amateur scouting efforts under the direction of Luhnow. Matt Carroll, Manager of Professional Scouting, will assume area scouting responsibilities for the St. Louis region and will also assist with the amateur scouting department.

Mozeliak also announced that Special Assistants to the G.M. Gary LaRocque and Matt Slater will have added responsibilities, while continuing to report to Mozeliak. LaRocque will serve as Senior Advisor to Player Development and Slater will add Amateur Scouting and International Scouting to his areas of evaluation.

The Cardinals farm system finished the 2010 regular season with a Major League-best .569 winning percentage and had five teams advance to the postseason. The Cardinals also enjoyed a strong draft in 2010, as they continue to replenish their system following key trades in 2009 that led to a playoff run by the parent club.

Rookie-level Johnson City (Tenn.) won the Appalachian League Championship last month, its first title since 1976, and Triple-A Memphis is currently seeking its 2nd-straight Pacific Coast League title.


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