Mark Connor Named Padres Scouting Director
By Billy Brost
As previously reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, national cross checker Mark Connor has been promoted to the post of scouting director of the San Diego Padres. Connor replaces Billy Gasparino, who left the organization last week to join former Padres’ General Manager Josh Byrnes in Los Angeles with the Dodgers. Gasparino assumed the role of scouting director as well.
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Mark Connor has spent the past five seasons with the Padres, first working as a scout before moving up to national cross checker, a position he was promoted to last season. Connor has also worked in the collegiate ranks as a pitching coach. This move just continues the trend of GM A.J. Preller building his front office with scouting-strong personnel, as Don Welke was the first major hire for Preller, and continued less than 10 days ago with the poaching of Logan White from the Dodgers.