Nationals fill out 2014 minor league staff

Nationals fill out 2014 minor league staff
December 20, 2013, 4:15 pm
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The Washington Nationals announced on Friday their new minor league coaching staff for 2014, including a large group of promotions from within. 

Three complete coaching staffs got bumped up a level in the minors. Brian Daubach, Chris Michalak and Mark Harris will move together from Single-A Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg. Tripp Keister, Franklin Bravo and Brian Rupp will move from Single-A Hagerstown to High-A Potomac. Patrick Anderson, Sam Narron and Luis Ordaz will now coach in Hagerstown.

Two new managers were brought into the system. Billy Gardner, Jr. will become manager of the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. He replaces Tony Beasley who will become a co-field coordinator with Jeff Garber. Bob Henley served in the role last season, but is now the Nationals’ third base coach.

Michael Barrett was also hired to manage the Gulf Coast Nationals. He replaces Anderson who led the GCL Nats to the championship in 2013. Barrett played six years with the Montreal Expos.

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There were also a good deal of movement for position coaches within the system. Paul Menhart will become the pitching coach in Syracuse after holding the job with Harrisburg last year. Amuary Garcia will be the hitting coach for the Auburn Doubledays after coaching in the GCL. And Jorge Mejia will move from the Dominican Summer League to the GCL.

Joe Dillon was brought in to be the hitting coach for Syracuse and former Nats pitcher Tim Redding will serve as the pitching coach at Auburn.

Troy Gingrich will take over as minor league hitting coordinator, a position left vacant after Rick Schu joined the big league club in the middle of last season. Jon Kotredes will become the medical and rehab coordinator after spending 2013 as Harrisburg’s trainer.

Here is the full coaching tree in the Nationals’ minor league system:

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs

[International League]

Manager – Billy Gardner, Jr.

Pitching – Paul Menhart

Hitting – Joe Dillon

Double-A Harrisburg Senators

[Eastern League]

Manager – Brian Daubach

Pitching – Chris Michalak

Hitting – Mark Harris

Single-A Potomac Nationals

[Carolina League]

Manager – Tripp Keister

Pitching – Franklin Bravo

Hitting – Brian Rupp

Single-A Hagerstown Suns

[South Atlantic League]

Manager – Patrick Anderson

Pitching - Sam Narron

Hitting - Luis Ordaz

Short-Season Single-A Auburn Doubledays

[New York-Penn League]

Manager – Gary Cathcart

Pitching – Tim Redding

Hitting – Amaury Garcia

Rookie-Level GCL Nationals

[Gulf Coast League]

Manager – Michael Barrett

Pitching – Michael Tejera

Hitting – Jorge Mejia

Rookie-Level DSL Nationals

[Dominican Summer League]

Manager – Sandy Martinez

Pitching – Pablo Frias

Hitting – Jose Herrera

Coordinators

Co-Field Coordinator – Tony Beasley

Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator – Gary Thurman

Co-Field Coordinator – Jeff Garber

Coordinator of Instruction – Gary Cathcart

Pitching Coordinator – Spin Williams

Medical and Rehabilitation Coordinator – Jon Kotredes

Hitting Coordinator – Troy Gingrich

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Landon Brandes

Rehabilitation Pitching Coordinator – Mark Grater

Minor League Equipment Manager – Calvin Minasian