The Cincinnati Reds announced four promotions within their front office and scouting departments on Monday afternoon. For two of the men who got promotions they may actually be true promotions rather than title inflation.
Brad Meador has been promoted to Vice President/Assistant General Manager, Scouting & Player Development. Meador had previously been the Director of Amateur Scouting (the guy who would essentially run the draft, was the top of all of the scouting on the domestic side of things). He has been with the Reds for 13 seasons and had been the Director of Amateur Scouting from 2019-2021.
Taking over as the Director of Amateur Scouting is Joe Katuska. He had previously been the Assistant Director of Scouting and was the National Crosschecker. Katuska had been in those roles for the previous three seasons, and has been with the organization for 17 seasons.
Rob Coughlin has gone from Director of Professional Scouting to Senior Director of Professional Scouting. Before this there was no one above Coughlin in terms of the professional scouting side of things, so this feels like title inflation more than a true promotion. He’s been with the organization for 14 years and like both Katuska and Meador, had been in his current role for the previous three seasons.
The same thing can be said for Trey Hendricks. He has gone from Director of International Scouting to Senior Director of International Scouting. Like Coughlin, no one was above him in the department prior to the move. Hendricks, like the others, had been in his current role for the previous three years. Before joining the Reds he had worked in scouting for both the Texas and Cleveland organizations.
With Brad Meador’s title, things are a little bit unclear at the moment in terms of what VP of Scouting and Player Development actually means. That’s not a job that really existed before now, at least in terms of being a title given to someone with those specific responsibilities. How his influence/management trickles down over the draft, the international side of things, and pro scouting is something that may be tough to see from the outside, but could be felt within the organization.