The Texas Rangers announced the organization’s minor league coaching staffs for the 2013 season on Thursday afternoon.
Earlier in the offseason, Rangers Senior Director of Player Development Tim Purpura shook up the field staff by opting not to renew the contracts of five coaches––hitting instructors Randy Ready (coordinator), Luis Ortiz (assistant coordinator), Brant Brown (Triple-A), Julio Garcia (High-A), and Triple-A pitching coach Terry Clark.
A more in-depth profile of those moves can be seen at this link.
Hickory manager Bill Richardson and pitching coach Storm Davis have also left the organization this offseason.
Here’s a closer look at this year’s field staff:
Director of Player Development – Tim Purpura
Director of Minor League Operations – Jake Krug
Field Coordinator – Jayce Tingler
Pitching – Danny Clark
Infield/Baserunning – Casey Candaele
Outfield – Joe Mikulik
Catching – Hector Ortiz
Special Assistant (Hitting) – Harry Spilman
Special Assistant (Pitching) – Mark Connor
Special Assignment Coach – Brian Dayett
Athletic Training Coordinator – Dale Gilbert
Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Napoleon Pichardo
For the most part, the leadership atop the Texas Rangers’ player development system will remain in-tact for 2013. The biggest change is the departure of both hitting coordinators––Randy Ready and Luis Ortiz. That role will be filled by both Jayce Tingler and Harry Spilman this season.
After working last season without an official roving outfield instructor, the Rangers have hired longtime Colorado Rockies minor league manager Joe Mikulik to fill that role. The Weimar, Texas, native was let go by Colorado in October following 13 seasons as skipper at Single-A Asheville. He also worked as the Houston Astros’ outfield and base running coordinator in 1999.
Round Rock (AAA)
Manager – Bobby Jones
Pitching – Brad Holman
Hitting – Scott Coolbaugh
Coach – Spike Owen
Jason Roberts (Trainer) and Ric Mabie (Strength Coach)
Express Manager Bobby Jones enters his 42nd season as part of the Texas Rangers’ organization, and his 26th season as a coach or manager. The 63-year-old has been coaching in the system since 1988, managing clubs at High-A Charlotte (three seasons), Double-A Tulsa (eight seasons), and Triple-A Oklahoma City and Round Rock (ten seasons). He also spent two years––2001 and 2006––as the Rangers’ big league first base coach.
The veteran skipper serves as an extra assistant coach for the major league team during spring training, and he also works with the big club each September.
Earlier this offseason, the Rangers opted not to renew the contracts of 2012 Triple-A pitching coach Terry Clark and hitting coach Brant Brown. They will be replaced by Brad Holman and Scott Coolbaugh, respectively.
Holman, 44, earns the promotion from High-A Myrtle Beach, where he had served as the Pelicans’ pitching instructor for the previous two seasons. The former Seattle Mariners pitcher has coached in the Rangers’ organization since 2009, spending his first two years with Single-A Hickory.
Coolbaugh, 46, is a familiar face in Round Rock. The native Texan was promoted to major league hitting coach on June 8, 2011, and held that position until October 19, 2012, when he was replaced by Dave Magadan and reassigned within the organization. He had previously served as Double-A Frisco hitting coach between 2007-2008 and Triple-A hitting coach between 2009 and mid-2011.
Manager – Steve Buechele
Pitching – Jeff Andrews
Hitting – Jason Hart
Carlos Olivas (Trainer) and Eric McMahon (Strength Coach)
The entire field staff from last year’s first-half division-winning RoughRiders squad will return for another season. Former Rangers third baseman Steve Buechele is set to begin his fifth season as a manager in the Texas organization, and his fourth in Frisco. Buechele took High-A Bakersfield to its first playoff appearance in nearly a decade in 2009 and has guided Frisco to the postseason in each of his three Texas League campaigns.
Andrews, 53, enters his fourth full season in Frisco and his 28th overall as a minor league instructor. The veteran pitching coach also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ major league pitching coach during the 2008 season.
Hart, 35, returns as the RoughRiders’ hitting coach. The former first baseman played the ’02 through ’06 seasons at Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma. As a Frisco player in ’05, Hart batted .246 with 21 home runs and 77 RBI. He began his coaching career in ’08 as an extra assistant with Single-A Clinton and joined the organization full-time the following year as the rookie Surprise Rangers hitting coach. After spending two seasons in Hickory, Hart now enters his second season with the ‘Riders.
Myrtle Beach (A+)
Manager – Jason Wood
Pitching – Steve Mintz
Hitting – Josue Perez
Jeffrey Bodenhamer (Trainer) and Anthony Miller (Strength Coach)
Set to begin his third season as the Pelicans’ skipper, Jason Wood has guided Myrtle Beach to the Carolina League playoffs in each of his first two campaigns. The 43-year-old joined the Texas system in 2008 after finishing an 18-year professional playing career. He worked as Bakersfield’s hitting coach for two seasons before earning the Myrtle Beach managerial job prior to 2011. As a player, Wood appeared in a career-high 98 games for the Marlins in 2007.
While the manager remains the same in Myrtle Beach, the club will have new additions at both pitching and hitting coach.
Mintz, 44, comes to the Rangers from the Minnesota Twins’ organization, where he coached for 11 seasons. He had served as pitching coach at High-A Fort Myers in each of the previous four seasons. The North Carolina native finished his 12-year playing career in 2001 and last appeared in the major leagues with the Anaheim Angels in 1999.
Perez, 35, is a Cuba native who joined the Rangers’ system as a player in 2005. He earns the promotion to Myrtle Beach after serving as Single-A Hickory hitting coach last season. Prior to that, Perez had worked in the same role between the Arizona League and short-season Spokane for the previous few seasons.
Manager – Corey Ragsdale
Pitching – Ryan O’Malley
Hitting – Justin Mashore
Coach – Humberto Miranda
Jacob Newburn (Trainer) and Wade Lamont (Strength Coach)
With 2012 manager Bill Richardson and pitching coach Storm Davis leaving the organization––in addition to the promotion of Josue Perez––special assistant Humberto Miranda is the only returnee from last season’s Hickory Crawdads coaching staff. The Rangers promoted from within to replace all three vacated positions.
Ragsdale, 30, led the rookie Surprise Rangers to their first Arizona League championship in his first season as a manager last summer. The former Mets second-round pick joined the Rangers as a player in 2008, filling a utility role at Double-A Frisco before converting to the mound in ’09. He joined the organization as an assistant coach the following summer.
The 32-year-old O’Malley came to the Rangers following the end of his playing career in mid-2008. After serving as the club’s rookie ball pitching coach in 2010 and 2011, he filled the same position with short-season Spokane last summer. The former left-handed pitcher has earned promotions in each of the last two offseasons.
Mashore, 40, gets bumped up to Hickory after spending last summer as a hitting coach on the Surprise Rangers coaching staff. Prior to joining the Texas organization, he coached nine seasons as a hitting instructor in the Blue Jays system, including a stint with Double-A New Hampshire in 2011.
Strength coach Wade LaMont is the son of former major league manager and current Detroit Tigers bench coach Gene LaMont.
Manager – Tim Hulett
Pitching – Oscar Marin
Hitting – Bobby Rose
Coach – Vinny Lopez
Sean Fields (Trainer) and Ed Yong (Strength Coach)
Tim Hulett, who has earned Northwest League Manager of the Year honors in two of the last five seasons, will come back for his seventh year as Spokane’s leader. The former big league infielder has also headed up the storied Evangel Christian Academy program in Shreveport for the last eight years. Hulett joins the Indians each year after the high school season is completed.
Marin fills the role vacated by O’Malley with a promotion of his own. The California native worked the last two seasons as a pitching coach in the rookie Arizona League.
Rose, 45, will make his professional coaching debut as the Indians’ hitting instructor in 2013. A California Angels second baseman between 1989 and 1992, Rose played the vast majority of his career in Japan, where he was a four-time All-Star. He spent eight seasons with the Yokohama BayStars, winning a Gold Glove at second base in 1998 and posting a .369 batting average with 37 home runs and 153 RBI in ’99.
Surprise Rangers (RK)
Manager – Kenny Holmberg
Pitching – Brian Shouse
Pitching – Jose Jaimes
Hitting – Donzell McDonald
Coach – Jorge Orta
Zach Jones (Trainer) and Josiah Igono (Strength Coach)
After working as an assistant coach in Myrtle Beach last season, 29-year-old Kenny Holmberg returns to a managerial role in 2013. The son of Dennis Holmberg, long-time manager in the Toronto Blue Jays’ system (1979-present), Kenny served as Dominican Summer League Rangers skipper in 2010 and 2011.
Rangers fans may remember the 44-year-old Shouse from his time as the Rangers’ lefty specialist, when he appeared in 185 games for the club between 2003 and 2006. The former sidearming reliever finished his playing career in ’09 and joined the coaching ranks last season as a pitching coach in rookie ball. He’ll return for his first full season in 2013.
Jaimes, 28, is a Venezuela native who pitched at short-season Spokane in 2006 and 2007. After being released by Texas, he immediately joined the organization’s coaching staff in the Dominican Republic and spent the last four years as DSL pitching coach. Jaimes will assist Shouse with the extended spring training and rookie ball pitchers this year.
While McDonald enters his third season with the Rookie Rangers’ staff, Orta joins the system from the Cincinnati Reds. The 62-year-old is a member of the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame and played 16 big league seasons (1972-1987), hitting a career .278 with 130 home runs. He’s coached in the minor leagues since 1997 and spent the last three years as the Arizona League Reds’ hitting instructor.
Dominican Rangers (DSL)
Manager – Ryley Westman
Pitching – Pablo Blanco
Pitching – TBA
Hitting – Guillermo Mercedes
Infield – Jesus Ovalle
Bench – Alexis Infante
Outfield – Osvaldo Oliva
Strength – Eduardo Thomas
Practically the entire coaching staff from last season’s Dominican Summer League Rangers club will return in 2013, including skipper Ryley Westman, who enters his second season. There will presumably be one more coach joining the staff prior to the campaign, as the Rangers have yet to fill their second pitching coach role following Jose Jaimes’ promotion to Arizona.
Rehab Pitching Coordinator – Keith Comstock
Rehab Athletic Trainer – T.J. Nakagawa
Manager of Cultural Diversity – Billy McLaughlin
Player Development Administrator – Josh Shelton
Assistant Equipment Manager – Chris Ackerman
The 56-year-old Comstock fills an important role in the Rangers’ organization, overseeing all rehabbing pitchers at the club’s minor league complex in Surprise. Nagakawa is a native of Japan who has spent the last few seasons as an athletic trainer in the system. McLaughlin assists in helping Latin American players acclimate themselves to life in the United States while also helping with international scouting, particularly in Mexico.