Director, Baseball Administration
John Vuch is in his 29th season in Baseball Operations and his 38th overall with the Cardinals. He was named to his current position following the 2013 season and he assists the VP/General Manager in all aspects of the Major League club, including taking the lead on arbitration cases, as well as coordinating the day to day management of the Professional Scouting Department.
Vuch held the title of Farm Director from September 2010 through the 2012 seasons, and during that time oversaw Championships for three teams [Quad Cities (A) & Johnson City (R) in 2011, Springfield (AA) in 2012]. The two championships in 2011 marked the first time since 1994 multiple Cardinals minor league affiliates won league championships, and the 2012 Springfield Cardinal team was recognized as the Minor League Team of the Year. Under his leadership, the 2010 Cardinals Minor League system had the highest combined winning percentage of any Major League organization and the Cardinals were recognized as the 2011 Organization of the Year by Baseball Amer.i cAat the conclusion of the 2012 season, the Cardinals minor league system was ranked #1 by both Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America. He served as Director of Minor League Operations in 2013 and 2007-2010, and was responsible for the daily operations of the Cardinals' farm system including minor league player personnel decisions. He began working for the Cardinals as a "runner" in 1979 and worked in the Sales Department from 1985 to 1987.
Vuch was awarded the Harry Mitauer Good Guy Award by the St. Louis chapter of the Baseball Writer's Association of America at their 51st annual dinner in 2009. A St. Louis native, Vuch graduated from Oakville High School and the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Vuch and his wife, Maria, reside in south St. Louis County with their children Jack (21), Hayley (18) and Anna (15).