Want to know how the 2014 season is right around the corner? The Baltimore Orioles announced their entire Minor League coaching staff on Thursday and will return almost everyone from a year ago.
The sent out a press release with the details on every Orioles Minor League affiliate and their coaching staffs, along with player development department for the 2014 season.
All five of the managers of the major affiliates return in 2014, but not all of them will return to manage the same team. Ryan Minor, who coached the High A Frederick Keys last season, will return to manage the Low A Delmarva Shorebirds, a title he held from 2010-12, while Luis Pujols, who managed the Shorebirds last season, will move up to manage the Keys.
Outside of those two switching teams, the rest of the Managers remain with their past teams as Ron Johnson will return for his third straight as the manager at Triple-A Norfolk after guiding the Tides to a 77-67 mark in 2013. The 2014 season will be Johnson’s 21st as a minor league manager and he is sixth among active minor league managers with 1,412 career victories (1,412-1,399 overall). Gary Kendall will return for his fourth season as the Double-A Bowie Baysox manager, and Matt Merullo will manage the Short Season-A Aberdeen Ironbirds for the second straight year after leading them to their first ever division title in 2013.
Orlando Gomez will manage the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles for a second straight year and his 10th in the organization (eighth as a manager), while Elvis Morel and Nelson Norman will manage the Orioles’ two entries in the Dominican Summer League.
Here is the complete list of Orioles' 2014 Minor League affiliates and their coaching staffs:
|Affiliate||League||Manager||Pitching Coach||Fielding Coach(es)||Trainier/S&C|
|Norfolk (AAA)||International||Ron Johnson||Mike Griffin||D. Walling/J. Hernandez||Shires/Naito|
|Bowie (AA)||Eastern||Gary Kendall||Blaine Beatty||Butch Davis||Scott/Armstrong|
|Frederick (A)||Carolina||Luis Pujols||Kennie Steenstra||Torre Tyson||Wesley/Cecere|
|Delmarva (A)||South Atlantic||Ryan Minor||Alan Mills||Paco Figueroa||Schuler/Howell|
|Aberdeen||New York-Penn||Matt Merullo||Justin Lord||TBA||Poole/Clark|
|Gulf Coast (R)||Gulf Coast||Orlando Gomez||Wilson Alvarez||Milt May/ Ramon Sambo||Svarczkopf|
|Dominican (R)||Dominican||Elvis Morel||Dionis Pascual||B. Adames/R. Francisco||Ludovino Marte|
|Dominican 2 (R)||Dominican||Nelson Norman||Robert Perez||R. Lubo/R. Caraballo||TBA|
Baltimore also announced that Brian Graham will return and enter his seventh season with the Orioles and second as Director of Player Development, while Rick Peterson will return for his third season as Director of Pitching Development and Jeff Manto joins the organization for his first year as Minor League Hitting Coordinator. In addition, former Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick will serve as a Special Assignment Instructor, while Don Werner (catching), Dave Anderson (infield) and Scott Beerer (outfield and baserunning) will serve as roving instructors. Former Orioles pitcher Scott McGregor will return for his 13th year as a coach in the Baltimore organization and third season as the Sarasota-based Rehabilitation Coordinator.
Here is the complete staff list of the 2014 Orioles Player Development Department:
Director, Minor League Operations Kent Qualls
Director, Player Development Brian Graham
Coordinator, Minor League Administration Maria Arellano
Coordinator, Player Development Cale Cox
Director, Pitching Development Rick Peterson
Director, Minor League Strength and Conditioning Ryan Crotin
Coordinator, Sarasota Strength and Conditioning Ryan Driscoll
Coordinator, Minor League Hitting Instruction Jeff Manto
Coordinator, Pitching Rehabilitation Scott McGregor
Administrator, Florida and Latin America Pitching Dave Schmidt
Director, Dominican Baseball Operations Nelson Norman
Coordinator, Dominican Operations Felipe Rojas Alou, Jr.
Coordinator, Dominican Field Miguel Jabalera
Administrator, Dominican Academy Jorge Perozo
Coordinator, Minor League Medical Dave Walker
Coordinator, Latin American Medical Manny Lopez
Administrator, Sarasota Operations Len Johnston
Instructor, Minor League Infield Dave Anderson
Instructor, Minor League Catching Don Werner
Instructor, Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Scott Beerer
Instructor, Special Assignment Mike Bordick
Manager, Minor League Equipment Jake Parker
Manager, Dominican Equipment Franklin Garcia
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