PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates announced several changes to the scouting department on Tuesday, including the hiring of former Major League coach Dave Jauss.
Jauss, who interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening last fall, has been named a Major League scout for the Pirates. Joining the organization as pro scouts are Alvin Rittman, Jim Dedrick and Rob Guzik.
On the international side, the Pirates have hired Juan Mercado to be the organization's Latin American supervisor. Victor Santana is now an area supervisor in charge of the Dominican Republic.
Jim Asher (scouting coordinator) and Greg Schilz (north regional supervisor) have been promoted within the amateur scouting department. Other additions in that department include Matt Ruebel (national supervisor), Sean Heffernan (area supervisor), Brian Selman (area supervisor) and Mike Sansoe (area supervisor).
Ruebel, a left-hander, was drafted by the Pirates in 1991, and made 70 relief appearances in Pittsburgh from 1996-97.
Gary Robinson, who managed the organization's low-A West Virginia affiliate for the last two years, has also moved into a pro scouting role.
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