Cleveland Indians announce former MLB player Matt Kata has joined front office

Cleveland, OH -The Cleveland Indians have announced the addition of Major League Baseball veteran Matt Kata to the club's front office.

Kata, a native Clevelander who attended St. Ignatius High School, will serve as the Manager of Youth Baseball Development and Initiatives, and will oversee the organization's growing lineup of youth baseball camps, clinics and development of instructional programs aimed at engaging young baseball players in Northeast Ohio. 

"Matt brings a unique combination of expertise, experience and passion for youth baseball and the city of Cleveland to this role and our organization," Indians President Mark Shapiro said. "Matt will lead our efforts to strengthen the bond between youth baseball and softball participants and the Cleveland Indians and help to positively impact our community."

Kata attended Vanderbilt and later was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth round of the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft. Kata played 14 years of professional baseball, including parts of five seasons in the majors, in the Arizona, Philadelphia, Texas, Pittsburgh and Houston organizations.

After retiring from pro baseball after the 2012 season, Kata joined the Round Rock Express as that club's Manager of Baseball Outreach, overseeing youth baseball camps and assisting with community outreach efforts.