Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has added another longtime confidant to join the organization's front office
On Friday afternoon, the Orioles announced the hiring of Kent Qualls to become the organization's director of minor league operations. Qualls has been the director of player development in Boston from 1998-2001 when Duquette was Red Sox GM, and he also worked under Duquette as director of minor league operations for the Expos from 1987-2004. Qualls has been the director of Duquette's sports academy in Massachusetts for the past decade.
Also, the Orioles announced that Brian Graham, formerly the team' minor league instruction coordinator, has been promoted to director of player development. Before joining the Orioles in 2007, Graham was a major piece of the a successful Pirates farm system as senior director of player development. In 2002, the Pirates were named Topps Baseball Organization of the Year. He also briefly served as interim GM for the Pirates at the end of the 2007 season.
Player personnel director John Stockstill will remain in his role, but he will now oversee international and domestic professional scouting.