Mariners Promote Andy McKay to Assistant General Manager

In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Seattle Mariners director of player development Andy McKay speaks during the Seattle Mariners annual news conference before the start of Spring Training baseball. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

The Seattle Mariners have promoted former Director of Player Development Andy McKay to Assistant General Manager of Baseball Operations. Mckay has been with the Mariners for seven years, the same year President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto was hired to become General Manager.

Many refer to Mckay as one of the key components to a successful farm system for the Mariners. Prospects such as Julio Rodriguez, Cal Raleigh, Logan Gilbert and George Kirby were all drafted and developed under Andy McKay. This past season is an excellent representation of how well Andy has worked out for the Mariners, as rising star Julio Rodriguez won the Rookie of the Year Award, and rookie Georgy Kirby was one of the best young pitchers in the league.

With his promotion, McKay will have even more control over how the development of the Mariners’ young players will play out. With the Mariners trading away a lot of their young players via the Luis Castillo trade, McKay will have the duties of building up new players in the system and further advancing players that are almost ready for the big leagues.