Front Office biographies

Kyle Stark, Director of Player Development

Kyle Stark is in his third season as Pittsburgh's Director of Player Development. He was named to his current post on November 7, 2007.

Stark is responsible for all aspects of the Player Development system, including the club's six affiliates in the United States as well as academies in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. The Pirates player development system is focused on helping all players reach their potential - personally, mentally, physically, and fundamentally - and develop as professionals. This is accomplished through a relentless, systematic, and cohesive approach involving structured, consistent, progression-oriented instruction throughout the organization and detailed, written development plans for all players.

In addition, he provides recommendations to General Manager Neal Huntington regarding personnel, strategic planning and decision making for the Baseball Operations department.

Prior to joining Huntington's staff, Stark spent four years in Cleveland's Baseball Operations department, assisting in all areas of Scouting, Player Development and Major League Operations. In 2006 and 2007, Stark performed the baseball related duties of the Assistant Farm Director, oversaw the club's efforts in Pacific Rim Scouting, and coordinated the club's Advanced Scouting which included providing scouting reports on upcoming opponents.

PERSONAL: Kyle was born on 7/9/78 in Bradford, PA. A 1999 graduate from Ball State University, Stark received a law degree from the University of Toledo in 2002 and a master's degree in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure in 2004. In his two years at St. Bonaventure, he also served as Pitching Coach for the baseball team. He resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Heather, and two sons; Chance (10)?and Cooper (3).


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