Red Sox promote Chris Mears to pitching crosschecker


The Boston Red Sox announced three personnel moves in the organization’s baseball operations department.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

Chris Mears has been promoted to pitching crosschecker after serving the Red Sox as an amateur scout for the last eight seasons from 2008-15. A native of Ottawa, Canada, Mears pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 2003. Selected by the Seattle Mariners in the fifth round of the 1996 June Draft, the right-hander spent 10 seasons in professional baseball between the Mariners (1996-2002), Tigers (2003-04), Atlanta Braves (2005), and St. Louis Cardinals (2005) organizations.  He is a graduate of Grand Canyon University in Arizona. 
Mears was 54th on the 2014 Canadian Baseball Network most influential Canadians in baseball list. 
Brian Bannister has been named Director of Pitching Analysis and Development. He was originally hired by the Red Sox as a Professional Scout and Analyst in 2015.  A former pitcher who played five seasons in the majors between the New York Mets (2006) and Kansas City Royals (2007-10), Bannister finished third in American League Rookie of the Year voting with the Royals in 2007.  The native of Arizona was originally selected by Boston out of the University of Southern California in the 2002 June Draft, but did not sign.
Gus Quattlebaum has been named Director of Professional Scouting.  He spent the 2015 season, his 10th in the Red Sox organization, as Assistant Director, Professional and International Scouting.  Quattlebaum, an Andover, MA native, originally joined the club in 2006 as a professional scout, and then spent five years as Assistant Director, Amateur Scouting from 2010-14.  The Davidson College graduate began his baseball career as a player development intern for the Montreal Expos in 1998. Before coming to the Red Sox, Quattlebaum served as a scout in the New York Yankees (1999-2003) and Baltimore Orioles (2004-06) organizations.

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