The Twins will announce Derek Falvey as the new head of baseball operations. His named emerged as a finalist for the job, but not much more is known about this 33-year-old baseball executive.
Here are five things to help you get to know the new lead man:
1. Where did he come from: Falvey has spent the last nine seasons with the Cleveland Indians in various roles, most recently as the assistant general manager. He spent time helping the international and amateur scouting departments before being promoted to assistant director of baseball operations in 2011. A year later, he was named director of baseball operations and last fall climbed to assistant GM.
2. Young, but innovative: Falvey is reportedly considered one of the young innovative executives in Major League Baseball. He started with the Indians in November 2007 as an intern in the baseball operations department and has worked his way up the organization while helping Cleveland rise from the bottom to the top of the American League Central standings.
3. Considered a ‘gem’: According to Yahoo MLB columnist Jeff Passan, who reported Falvey as a finalist, the young hire is a strong communicator that is “well-regarded in the industry.” Passan added Monday “People around the game think Falvey is a gem.”
4. Analytics are key: Falvey became known for his analytical process while working up the Indians player development pipeline. He spoke on the player development panel at the 2013 Society for American Baseball Research analytics conference.
5. Former player: Falvey pitched for Trinity College, a NCAA Division III program, in Hartford, Conn., and graduated with a degree in economics. He will become the second-youngest head of baseball operations or general manager in the big leagues. Milwaukee GM David Stearns, who worked with Falvey in Cleveland, was hired last September at age 30. Theo Epstein was hired by Boston as the youngest GM in baseball history at age 28 in 2002.