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Ray Montgomery, Sean Johnson Join Already Impressive Program 15 Advisory Board

November 19, 2018

You can always make an already great roster even better.

The New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series Powered by Program 15 is proud to announce they’ve done just that.

CEO Jeremy Booth recently revealed that Ray Montgomery, Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Milwaukee Brewers, and Sean Johnson, Scouting Director for the Minnesota Twins have joined an already stacked advisory board that features decades upon decades of experience from nearly every Major League Baseball organization.

“As we continue to expand the vision and the mission, we continue to add people who have vision and share expertise in how to execute the different phases and areas of that mission,” Booth said.

“These guys are special. They join a group of special leaders and game changers at the right time for us all. I’ve worked with both Ray and Sean in Milwaukee and Minnesota. They’ve been close to me for years. No matter where life has taken us, we’ve stayed in contact. I could not have a higher level of respect for them, and their willingness to move forward with us to leave this game better than we found it is about right as both are excellent ambassadors for baseball.”

Montgomery is a former player who reached the big leagues with the Houston Astros for parts of three seasons between 1996-98. The outfielder’s first homer in “The Show” was an extra-inning, walk-off, pinch-hit blast on July 24, 1996 against the San Diego Padres.

After his playing days were over, he advanced quickly in the scouting world; he went from an area scout with the Milwaukee Brewers to regional supervisor, to assistant scouting director and then national supervisor before a four-year run as scouting director with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He then returned to the Brewers, who were one game away from advancing to the World Series this season, as their scouting director before a promotion to Vice President of Scouting. He currently serves as a special assistant to GM David Stearns.

As for Johnson, the former college catcher has worked his way up from an area scout with the Marlins organization to a productive, nearly two-decade stay with the Twins, where he’s worked his way up from West Coast Supervisor all the way to Scouting Director.

Under Johnson’s direction, the Twins selected Royce Lewis with the first overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. While the selection was a surprise to some, it’s paid immediate dividends for Johnson and Twins; Lewis homered in his pro debut in the Gulf Coast League and has made quick, steady progress through their farm system, earning the coveted Midwest League Prospect of the Year honors this season.

“Both Ray and Sean have impacted the game and the people in it,” Booth said. “They join a group that’s literally changed the game and how it’s played and evaluated, and that leadership has led to championships. This group is a force, and their collective influence will be felt.”

Mike Ashmore

Mike Ashmore

Mike Ashmore is a veteran baseball writer with 15 years experience in the business.He's covered the last four World Series, and has also worked everything ranging from the MLB All-Star Game to the World Baseball Classic.In addition to his role working for Program 15, the 34-year-old New Jersey native currently serves as the beat writer of the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League as well as national hockey writer and New York Giants beat reporter for The Trentonian.Ashmore has worked the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Final, Frozen Four, Daytona 500, major UFC events and much more as he approaches 2,000 games covered in his career.
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