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Stepinac Alumnus Ray Montgomery named head scout for Diamondbacks

Posted Saturday, March 26, 2011 by MLB.com

D-backs name Montgomery scouting director

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Friday that they have hired Ray Montgomery as their new scouting director. Montgomery worked in a scouting capacity for Milwaukee over the last eight seasons, and Jerry Dipoto, Arizona's senior vice president of scouting and player development, said that he'll bring a needed skillset with him.

"Ray is a skilled evaluator who possesses high character and has the presence of a leader," said Dipoto as part of a prepared statement. "Ray is a rising star in the industry and a difference-maker who we are fortunate to have on board."

Montgomery, a first-team All-American during his playing career at Fordham University, was elected into his school's Hall of Fame in 1999. He went on to a 12-year professional career, including parts of three seasons with the Houston Astros. Montgomery, an outfielder, racked up a .241 batting average in 47 games of big league action.Montgomery played his HS Baseball at Stepinac HS in White Plains , NY.

And when his playing career ended, his second career began. Montgomery began his Milwaukee tenure as an area scout in 2002, and he participated in the process that led to the selection of Rickie Weeks with the second overall pick of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. Montgomery also played a role in drafting Yovani Gallardo and Ryan BraunMontgomery became Milwaukee's Midwest cross-checker from 2007-10, and he served as the team's assistant director of amateur scouting in each of the last two seasons. Now, he'll take that experience and apply it to a new job.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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