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The Seattle Mariners have found a replacement for one of their top scouting positions to one of our FIU Alumnus, Frankie Thon Jr. After receiving a master’s degree in Philosophy and Asian Religions from FIU in 2008, Thon Jr. was dedicated to become an MLB scout, since it’s in his blood. His father, Frankie Thon, a longtime MLB scout, is currently scouting for Baltimore and is the nephew of former Astros infielder Dickie Thon.

Thon Jr. has spent the last two years with the Los Angeles Angels as their assistant international director/cross checker, which included both scouting in Latin American and Asia.

Prior to working with the Angels, he worked as a scout for eight years with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He began his scouting career in 2009 as the D-backs Ohio Valley area scout, before being promoted to South Florida & Puerto Rico area scout in October 2011. He was promoted again in October 2014 to Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Checker (overseeing 14 states), a position he held for a year prior to being promoted (in October 2015) to the role of Southeast Regional Cross Checker, where he supervised scouts in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.

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