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Mariners promote assistant scouting director

SEATTLE -- Mark Lummus, a member of the Mariners' scouting department the past 14 years, has been promoted to assistant scouting director by the club in a series of moves made this offseason by general manager Jack Zduriencik and amateur scouting director Tom McNamara.

Lummus, 41, will serve as senior national crosschecker for the Mariners. The former University of Texas pitcher joined the club as an area scout in 1999, was promoted to Midwest cross checker in 2006 and has been a national crosschecker the past two years.

Additionally, former West Coast supervisor Butch Baccala was promoted to national crosschecker, with Midwest supervisor Jeremy Booth shifting over to be the new West Coast supervisor.

Jesse Kapellusch, who had been scouting North Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma for the Mariners, will now become the Midwest supervisor.

Brian Nichols, previously responsible for scouting the New York and New England areas, will now cover Canada as well.

Anthony Aloisi, who joined the Mariners as an intern in the amateur scouting department last year, has been hired as an amateur scouting analyst.

Additionally, Alex Smith, the Mariners' Northeast supervisor, was recently named "Cross Checker of the Year" at this year's Mid-Atlantic Scouts Association banquet.

Smith, 51, has been a crosschecker with the Mariners since 2010 after working as an area scout with the Braves (1991-94), Mariners (1995-2001) and Nationals (2002-09).

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog.
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