The Orioles announced Wednesday that Koby Perez has been named the club’s Senior Director, International Scouting. Perez will oversee all aspects of the Orioles’ international scouting operations and management of the club’s bonus pool. He will report to Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias.
“In Koby Perez, we have found the right person to spearhead the Orioles’ new international presence,” said Elias. “His experience, connections, and reputation built across a fast-rising career in multiple successful organizations will immediately elevate our capabilities in this critical market. Hiring Koby is a major first step in improving our footing in Latin America. We will continue to augment our operation until the Baltimore Orioles are leaders in recruiting and developing international players.”
Perez, 40, joins the Orioles as Senior Director, International Scouting following five seasons in the Cleveland Indians organization. He most recently served as the Indians’ Director, Latin American Scouting, holding this title for the past three seasons after being promoted in January of 2016. In his role, Perez guided all amateur scouting efforts in Latin American countries, including the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Prior to his promotion, Perez served as Cleveland’s International Crosschecker.
Before joining Cleveland, Perez spent five seasons on the Philadelphia Phillies Latin American scouting staff, from 2009-13, focusing mainly on efforts in the Dominican Republic. He was instrumental in the signings of INF Maikel Franco, OF Domingo Santana, RHP Seranthony Dominguez, and RHP Héctor Neris, among others. Perez started working in professional baseball in 2006, serving as the St. Louis Cardinals Northeast Area Scout, a position he held through 2008.
Born in Tamayo, DR, Perez grew up in North Bergen, N.J. He played for two seasons in the Red Sox organization from 2002-03 and also played in the Independent Atlantic League from 2003-05.