By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
2:11 PM PST, January 25, 2013
The Orioles have announced their minor league coaching staffs for the 2013 season.
Most of the staffs remain similar to last year’s, although former Orioles player Ryan Minor will become the manager at advanced Class-A Frederick after managing at low Class-A Delmarva for the past three years. He replaces Orlando Gomez, who had been the Keys manager for the past three seasons. Gomez will become the manager of the Orioles’ rookie level Gulf Coast League team.
The staff at Triple-A Norfolk remains nearly intact, with Ron Johnson returning as manager for his second season, Mike Griffin as pitching coach and Denny Walling the hitting coach. Jose Hernandez will become the team’s field coach after working in that capacity at Frederick last year, Delmarva in 2011 and the Gulf Coast League in 2010. Mark Shires will be Norfolk’s team trainer and Ryo Naito will return for his third season as strength an conditioning coach
Gary Kendall, who has been in the Orioles organization for 13 seasons, will manage Double-A Bowie for his third season. Blaine Beatty will serve at the Baysox pitching coach and Einar Diaz will be the hitting coach. Aaron Scott is Bowie’s team trainer and Pat Armstrong the strength and conditioning coach.
Kennie Steenstra, previously the pitching coach at Bowie, joins Minor in Frederick, where newcomer Torrie Tyson will be the hitting coach. Tyson spent the past two years as the Yankees’ minor league defensive coordinator. Pat Wesley will be the trainer for the Keys and Chris Cecere the strength and conditioning coach.
Longtime major league coach Luis Pujols, who had previously been a coach for the Expos and Giants under Felipe Alou and managed the Tigers on an interim basis in 2002, will manage Delmarva. Justin Lord will be the Shorebirds’ pitching coach and Butch Davis the hitting coach. Greg Svarczkpof will be the team’s trainer.
In his first year in the Orioles organization, former big league catcher Matt Merullo will manage the Orioles' short-season Class-A entry at Aberdeen, joined by former Oriole Alan Mills as pitching coach and newcomer Jon Matthews as hitting coach. Trek Schuler will be the Ironbirds’ team trainer.
Ramon Sambo, who managed the GCL team the past four years, will be the field coach under Gomez. Milt May will be the team’s hitting coach and former major leaguer Wilson Alvarez will join the organization to be the pitching coach of the rookie level club.
The Orioles' Dominican Summer League team will be managed by Elvis Morel, with Robert Perez and Dionis Pascual serving as pitching coaches. Ramon Carabello will be the hitting coach there, Benny Adames the bench/outfield coach, Ruben Francisco the first base/baserunning coach and Ramon Lubo the third base/catchers coach. Ludovino Alonzo Marte will be the club’s trainer and Juan Suarez the strength and conditioning coach.
Also of note, Rick Peterson will return for his second season as director of pitching development and Mike Boulanger will remain minor league hitting coordinator.
Former Oriole Mike Bordick will serve as a special assignment instructor, while Don Werner (catching) and Matt Martin (infield) will be roving instructors. Former Oriole pitcher Scott McGregor will remain the pitching rehab coordinator, working with injured pitchers in Sarasota, and former Orioles Dave Schmidt will serve as Florida and Latin America pitching administrator.
Felipe Alou, Jr. will head the Orioles’ Dominican academy for the sixth straight season, and Len Johnston will be administrator of Sarasota operations.
Dave Walker will be in his 11th season as minor league medical coordinator. Ryan Driscoll returns for his fourth season as minor league strength and conditioning coach and Jake Parker will be the minor league equipment manager, also in his fourth season.
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