Mitch Lukevics begins his 37th season in pro ball and his 16th with the Rays organization. He joined the Rays in November 1995, serving as pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League team for one year before he was named assistant to player development and scouting in 1997. In 2006, he was promoted to director of minor league operations.
The 1975 White Sox second round pick worked in the Chicago farm system as a pitching coach (1981-85) and minor league administrator (1986-88) before directing the Yankees minor league operations from 1989 to 1995.
As a pitcher, Lukevics was 24-5 at Penn State, where he earned a degree in health and physical education. He hurled 8.1 innings in a 3-1 loss to Arizona State in the Nittany Lions' College World Series opener his freshman year, 1973. He went 42-39 in 176 games over six seasons with White Sox affiliates.
Lukevics is serving his second three-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues and is a member of the Major League Farm Directors Steering Committee.
Mitch and his wife, Karen, have two children, Matt and Megan, and three grandchildren: Matt Jr., Billy IV and Audrey.