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Mariners announce promotions, new hires in scouting staff

SEATTLE — The Mariners retooled their amateur scouting staff Monday by promoting three area scouts to supervisory positions and announcing the hiring of six new area scouts.

Chris Pelekoudas shifts from a West Coast area scout to West Coast supervisor; Mike Moriarty from a Northeast area scout to Northeast supervisor; and Ben Collman from a Midwest area scout to Midwest supervisor.

Pelekoudas was the Mariners’ 2008 professional scout of the year and joined the organization in 2003. He is the son of Lee Pelekoudas, who spent 30 years in the Mariners’ front office.

Moriarty is a former infielder who spent part of 2002 in the big leagues with Baltimore. He joined the Mariners’ scouting department in 2009.

Collman was hired in 2012 after serving as scouting coordinator for Perfect Game USA.

The six new area scouts are Amanda Hopkins, Tyrus Bowman, Jackson Laumann, Taylor Terrasas, Stephen Tromblee and Ross Vecchio.

Hopkins’ hiring was reported earlier this month. She is believed to be the first woman hired by any major-league club as a full-time scout since the 1950s. She is the daughter of long-time scout Ron Hopkins and will scout the four-corners area of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado.

Bowman spent the last three years as a baseball operations/video intern for the San Diego Padres. He will scout Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.

Laumann is the son of former Chicago White Sox scouting director Doug Laumann and will scout Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

Terrasas is the son of former New York Mets scouting director Rudy Terrasas and will scout North Texas and Louisiana.

Tromblee was a teacher and coach in Beaumont, Texas, before joining the Mariners. He will scout South Texas.

Vecchio has worked for the Mariners as a part-time scout since 2009 while also serving as the director of athletic development at California University of Pennsylvania. He will scout Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia.