Andrew Ball hired by Tampa Bay Rays
After three seasons, one as an assistant and two as Baseball Operations Manager for the York Revolution, Andrew Ball is leaving the organization for a position with the Tampa Bay Rays. In mid-January, he’ll be joining the Rays as an advance scout, meaning he’ll be scouting the Major League competition in advance of Tampa Bay games throughout the season. Ball will be bringing his knowledge of advanced statistics and sabermetrics to one of the already more progressive organizations in baseball.
Using those skills, Ball helped the Revolution to a 217-187 regular season record during his three seasons, the high point being an Atlantic League Championship in 2011 which was followed by another playoff berth in 2012. In June of 2011, Ball targeted free-agent first baseman Chris Nowak, who ended up becoming the Revolution’s all-time home run leader, with 59 in his two seasons with the club.
Ball worked closely with Manager Mark Mason and Enohel Polanco to establish and maintain the Revolution roster. In the interim, Mason will continue player procurement for the 2014 season, with Polanco in his usual role of identifying talent in the Dominican Republic and rest of the Caribbean.
Ball is a 2011 graduate of Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd, PA, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team.