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J.J. Picollo

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Biographical Information[edit]

J.J. Picollo became General manager of the Kansas City Royals on September 12, 2021, when long-time incumbent Dayton Moore moved up to the role of team President, leaving his former job to Piccollo. He had been the team's Assistant GM and Moore's right-hand man for a number of years prior to that. His title is Senior Vice-President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. Moore was fired by owner John Sherman at the end of the 2022 season, a move that gave Picollo full responsibilty for the team's on-field operations.

Picollo was taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the 16th round of the 1989 amateur draft out of high school and by the Reds in the 14th round of the 1993 amateur draft (between Kimera Bartee and Ryan Radmanovich). He was 1 for 13 with a walk and 6 strikeouts while playing error-free ball as a backup catcher for the 1994 Oneonta Yankees in his only season as a pro player.

Picollo coached at George Mason University (3 years) and George Washington University (2 years). He then joined the Atlanta Braves as a scout in 1999 and remained with them until 2005, working his way up to Director of Minor League Operations. As a scout, he signed Dan Meyer and Anthony Lerew. He then moved to the Kansas City Royals as Director of Player Development in 2006, as the first person hired by Moore after he was named General Manager. He later rose to the position of Assistant General Manager - Scouting and Player Development.

His son Ryan Picollo was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 2024 amateur draft.

Preceded by
Dayton Moore
Kansas City Royals General Manager
Succeeded by

Source: 2012 Royals Media Guide

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