CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds are making player moves in its back office.
The now former Special Assistant to the General Manager, Shawn Pender, was named Vice President of Player Development Tuesday.
Pender has served as a special assistant for two seasons, according to the Reds. The former Pirates player joined the organization in 2008 as a Major League advance scout -- a position he filled for eight seasons.
Pender’s resume is full of scouting and player development positions. He’s held various scouting or cross checking roles for the Astros, Indians, Rays, Orioles and the Yankees. Pender managed and coached in the minor leagues as well.
Eric Lee, last season’s Senior Director of International Operations, was named Senior Director of Player Development. In his previous role Lee coordinated the organization's international player development and scouting. He oversaw activities at the club's Dominican Republic Academy in Boca Chica as well.
The Reds hired Lee as an assistant for the team’s baseball operations department in 2014.