Yankees promote Reese to fill Denbo's post

Former player named senior director of player development

November 3rd, 2017

NEW YORK -- Kevin Reese's first Major League hit came as the young outfielder was summoned off the bench in a May 20, 2006, Subway Series game at Shea Stadium, batting in place of pitcher Mike Mussina and raking a line-drive single to center field off the Mets' .
It is now Reese's responsibility to help the next generation of Yankees prospects make their own impact at the Major League level. The 39-year-old Reese was named as the Yanks' senior director of player development on Friday, replacing Gary Denbo, who departed to take a position with Derek Jeter and the Marlins.
Reese joined the Yankees' pro scouting department at the conclusion of his playing career and held the title of professional scout from 2008-14. For the past three seasons (2015-17), he was the Yanks' director of pro scouting, overseeing the coordination of scout coverages and the intake of reports while using compiled information to help guide trade discussions and free-agent signings.
Additionally, Reese scouted the Yankees' own affiliates, organized advance scouting for the postseason and contributed to the construction of the Yanks' Major League and Minor League rosters.
A native of San Diego, Reese was originally selected by the Padres in the 27th round of the 2000 Draft from the University of San Diego, where he was a two-time West Coast Conference first team selection and later named to the West Coast Conference's 40th Anniversary All-Conference Team in '07. On Dec. 18, 2001, he was acquired by the Yankees in exchange for infielder Bernabel Castro.
In 849 games across eight Minor League seasons from 2000-07 (including 2000-01 with the Padres' organization), Reese posted a .292 (953-for-3,269) batting average with 546 runs scored, 192 doubles, 37 triples, 67 home runs, 395 RBI, 372 walks, 138 stolen bases, a .370 on-base percentage and an .804 OPS.
Reese also appeared in 12 Major League games with the Yankees over two seasons (2005-06), batting .385 (5-for-13) with two runs scored, one RBI, two walks and one stolen base.