Blue Jays hire Kim as director of player development

Toronto Blue Jays new general manager Ross Atkins, right, and Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro (Nathan Denette/CP)

The Toronto Blue Jays added to their front office Wednesday, hiring longtime Texas Rangers executive Gil Kim as director of player development.

Kim arrives in Toronto after seven years in international scouting with the Rangers. The 34-year-old Vanderbilt University graduate has considerable experience in Latin America and was named the Rangers’ international scouting director in 2013.

Kim will oversee player development staff to ensure players realize physical and mental goals, according to a Blue Jays press release.

Before joining the Rangers Kim played baseball for six years with stops in the Netherlands, China, Australia, Spain and Venezuela. He also played collegiately at both Middlebury College and Vanderbilt, where he obtained a degree in U.S. History.