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11/17/09 6:50 PM EST

Pirates hire Williams as Majors scout

Talent evaluator has previously worked with Royals, Tigers

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have made another addition to their scouting department, hiring Steve Williams to serve as a Major League scout for the organization.

"Steve brings a wealth of baseball experience to the Pittsburgh Pirates," general manager Neal Huntington said in a release that announced the hiring. "We are pleased to add someone of his background, experience and abilities to an already talented group of individuals on the professional scouting staff."

Williams most recently worked as an assistant director of scouting for the Royals, a post he held for just over three years. Previous to that, he spent nearly seven seasons serving as a regional scouting supervisor with the Tigers. Williams also spent a combined 12 years working as an area scout for both Minnesota and Toronto.

In addition to his Major League scouting duties, Williams has held the position of president of the Buck O'Neil Scouting and Coaches Association for the past six years.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.