Player development more than just crunching numbers

Jeremy Zoll was a college baseball player at NCAA Division III Haverford outside of Philadelphia. But he had no plans to get into pro baseball.

He became more intrigued with the opportunity over time, particularly with several alums having experience in the game from a front-office standpoint.

“I didn’t know how easy or hard it would be, but I at least wanted to understand how I could potentially make that a reality. I reached out to those guys (alumni) and got tips.”

He ended up doing a couple of internships, including one with the Cincinnati Reds. Zoll is now nearly two years into his role as the director of minor league operations for the Minnesota Twins.

Zoll oversees the entire minor league system of the Twins, who have their Double-A affiliate in Pensacola. He helps prospects move up the ranks.

At the age of 28, he’s the youngest in his position in Major League Baseball.

“It ultimately comes down to connecting with people, creating mutual respect. And being a little closer to the age of the players, it can help in building strong bonds and relationships,” Zoll said.

Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options.

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