When ownership chose A.J. Preller as the team’s new general manager back in August, they may or may not have had an inkling as to what his vision was when it came to rebuilding an organization that hadn’t had a winning season in eight years. Well, one thing is for certain, if Preller is going to fail, he’s going to do it his way. On Thursday, the team announced yet another front office move, with the hiring of Sam Geaney as the new director of their minor league system.
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Geaney, who is 29-years-old, previously served with the Oakland Athletics for the past three seasons in…you guessed it, international scouting, where he was the coordinator. Geaney has worked for no other professional team, having interned with the A’s while attending UC-Berkley. Geaney replaces Randy Smith, who was reassigned last week within the organization.
The new farm director will have to get right to work, as four current vacancies are open in his system, including a Double-A field manager, hitting and fielding coordinators, along with a baserunning and outfield coordinator. The Padres have the sixth best farm system according to Baseball America.