The Texas Rangers made the promotions of A.J. Preller and Mike Daly official on Monday. As the club indicated last month, Daly will be in charge of the daily operations of the club's player development program and affiliate relations and will report directly to Preller, who oversees scouting and player development.
Preller has the title of assistant GM and Daily is senior director of minor league operations.
From the club's release:
“A.J. and Mike have been instrumental in this franchise’s success over the last several years, especially when it has come to scouting and bringing quality players into the organization,” said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. “These promotions to more responsibilities on the player development side are well-deserved and will make us a stronger organization, further strengthening the bonds between player development and scouting, as well as the major and minor leagues.
“Thad Levine and A.J. have been my left and right hands throughout our time together. They will continue to be so, along with the rest of a strong leadership team. Mike has been directly involved in bringing much of the young talent into the organization and his familiarity with so many of our players will be a huge asset in his new position.”
Preller, 36, joined the Rangers in November 2004 and was promoted to Senior Director, Player Personnel prior to the 2010 season. He oversaw the professional, international, and amateur scouting departments in that role and has been instrumental in the organization’s efforts to upgrade the level of talent throughout the system. His efforts in increasing the emphasis on scouting in Latin America and the Pacific Rim have paid huge dividends for the club. Prior to joining the Texas organization, Preller worked for Major League Baseball and with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Daly, 35, just completed his seventh season in the Texas organization and has been the club’s Director of International Scouting since November 2009. He was responsible for the day-to-day scouting activities throughout Latin America and the Rangers academy in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. He was with the Cleveland Indians the previous six years, working in the baseball operations department in 2001-02 and as an area amateur scout from 2003-06.