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Mariners add Frankie Thon Jr. as Director, International Amateur Scouting

Seattle Mariners Vice President of Scouting Tom Allison announced Wednesday that the Mariners have hired Frankie Thon Jr. and named him Director, International Amateur Scouting. 

Thon Jr. will oversee all facets of the Mariners international scouting operation.

Seattle Mariners Vice President of Scouting Tom Allison announced Wednesday that the Mariners have hired Frankie Thon Jr. and named him Director, International Amateur Scouting. 

Thon Jr. will oversee all facets of the Mariners international scouting operation.

"Frankie will be a great addition to our organization," Allison said. "He has strong experience in both pro and amateur scouting, has worked extensively in the international market and has had steadily increasing responsibilities in cross-checking and supervising other scouts."

Thon spent the last two years (October 2016 - present) with the Los Angeles Angels as their Assistant International Director / International Cross Checker. His responsibilities included both scouting in Latin America and Asia and overseeing scouts working in five countries.

Prior to joining the Angels, he worked with the Arizona Diamondbacks for eight years. He began his scouting career in Jan. 2009 as the D-backs Ohio Valley area scout, before being promoted to South Florida & Puerto Rico area scout in October 2011. He was promoted again in October 2014 to Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Checker (overseeing 14 states), a position he held for a year prior to being promoted (in October 2015) to the role of Southeast Regional Cross Checker, where he supervised scouts in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. He held that position until joining the Angels.

Thon Jr. graduated from Villanova University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy in 2004. He received a master's degree in Philosophy and Asian Religions from Florida International University in 2008.

Thon Jr. is the son of longtime MLB scout Frankie Thon, who is currently scouting for Baltimore.

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