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.
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
Manager – Billy Gardner, Jr.
Pitching – Paul Menhart
Hitting – Joe Dillon
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Manager – Brian Daubach
Pitching – Chris Michalak
Hitting – Mark Harris
Single-A Potomac Nationals
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
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