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Braves promote Brian Bridges, rehire Roy Clark. Party!

Atlanta has made two big moves that should instantly make their scouting departing one of the best in all of baseball.

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Finally, some cause for unfettered optimism from the Braves front office! Atlanta has finally realized that their amateur scouting from the past few years has not been up to snuff. As a result, the Braves took the important first step of "reassigning" scouting director Tony DeMacio.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Braves?src=hash">#Braves</a> re-assign scouting director Tony DeMacio in their shakeup. The Braves still await John Hart&#39;s decision on whether to take GM job</p>&mdash; Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) <a href="https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/518199678907592705">October 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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DeMacio had, by virtually any measure, been an abject disappointment during his time leading the Braves scouting department. Sources inside the Braves front office noted DeMacio was obsessed with "pitchability" pitchers such as Sean Gilmartin and scrappy "gamer" types such as Mikey Reynolds.

To put it bluntly, talent was not his top consideration, and as a result, Atlanta's drafts over the past few years have suffered as a result.

Now, he's out. And the news only gets better with respect to his replacement.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Source: Superscout Roy Clark close to returning to Atlanta to head up scouting/player development. Brian Bridges will be scouting director.</p>&mdash; Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/518264696332632064">October 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Atlanta promoted Brian Bridges to DeMacio's place. Bridges has been Atlanta's chief scout in the southeast since 2008, and has been responsible for many of the Braves successful draft choices out of the region. His notable signings, inter alia, include Jason Heyward, Mike Minor, Craig Kimbrel, and Alex Wood.

But that's not all the good news! Atlanta is also bringing back Roy Clark to head player development. Clark had done a previous stint with Atlanta, as well as with the Nationals and the Dodgers. He's incredibly well-respected in the baseball community, and chaired over some solid drafts for Atlanta between 2000 and 2009. Mike Rizzo, GM of the Washington Nationals, credits Clark and a few others with the organization's success in restocking their farm system from 2009 to 2011.

Needless to say, this is an excellent day for Atlanta.

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