The Orioles today announced the coaching staffs for their eight minor league affiliates for the 2016 season.
Ron Johnson returns for his fifth season as the manager at Triple-A Norfolk after guiding the Tides to the International League South Division title and earning International League Manager of the Year honors in 2015. The 2016 season will be Johnson’s 23rd as a minor league manager. He has compiled 1,555 career victories (1,555-1,544 overall) and became the winningest manager in Tides franchise history last season, going 294-282 over his first four seasons with the club. Mike Griffin will serve as pitching coach for the ninth consecutive season in the organization and eighth straight season in Norfolk. Sean Berry will serve as hitting coach for the Tides in his second season after previously serving as minor league hitting coordinator with the San Diego Padres (2011-14) and hitting coach for the Houston Astros (2006-10). Former major leaguer Jose Hernandez will serve as field coach for Norfolk for the fourth straight season and his seventh year in the organization. Mark Shires enters his 18th year as an athletic trainer in the Orioles system and his 10th year at Norfolk. Trevor Howell will return for his fifth season in the Orioles system and third as the strength and conditioning coach for the Tides.
Gary Kendall will return for his sixth season as manager at Double-A Bowie after leading the club to its first Eastern League Championship in 2015. This season will be Kendall’s 17th season in the organization and 13th season as a manager. Former Oriole Alan Mills begins his fifth season as a pitching coach in the organization and second straight at Bowie. Howie Clark enters his first season as hitting coach with the Baysox and his second in the organization. Clark spent the 2015 season as hitting coach with Class-A Delmarva. Shawn McGill will serve as field coach for the Baysox after six seasons between 2006-2013 as a catcher and outfielder in the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves organizations. Pat Wesley begins his 13th full season as an athletic trainer in the Orioles organization. Strength and conditioning coach Pat Armstrong returns for his seventh year in the organization and fifth year at Bowie.
Keith Bodie, who spent 16 seasons with the Houston Astros organization including a three-year stint (2012-14) as manager of Double-A Corpus Christi, will manage the Frederick Keys. Bodie spent the 2015 season as hitting coach with Double-A Bowie. Kennie Steenstra will serve as pitching coach, returning for his fifth season with the Keys and his 12th in the organization. Former major leaguer Erik Pappas enters his first season as hitting coach with the Keys after two seasons as the hitting coach for Double-A Springfield in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Brian Guzman will serve as the athletic trainer with Frederick for the second straight season, while Chris Cecere will serve as strength and conditioning coach for the Keys in his sixth year in the organization.
Former Orioles third baseman Ryan Minor, who managed Delmarva from 2010-12, will return to manage the Shorebirds for the third straight season after also piloting the Frederick Keys in 2013. The 2016 season will be Minor’s ninth as a coach or manager in the Orioles organization. Entering his 11th year in the Orioles organization (six with Frederick and two with Bowie), Blaine Beatty will serve as pitching coach for the third year with the Shorebirds. Former Orioles farmhand Kyle Moore enters his first season as hitting coach for Delmarva. Trek Schuler returns to the Shorebirds, where he spent the 2001-03 seasons, for his third straight season with Delmarva and 17th season as an athletic trainer in the Orioles organization.
Long-time major league coach Luis Pujols will manage the Aberdeen IronBirds for the second straight season in 2016 after managing the Frederick Keys in 2014 and Delmarva Shorebirds in 2013. Pujols will be joined by pitching coach Justin Lord, who returns for his third season with the IronBirds after spending the 2013 campaign with Delmarva. Scott Beerer will enter his first season as hitting coach for Aberdeen, beginning in June, in addition to his duties as Orioles minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator. After serving seven seasons with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, including four seasons as the club’s manager (2009-12) and the previous three seasons as field coach, Ramon Sambo joins the Aberdeen staff as field coach. Marty Brinker will serve as the athletic trainer with the IronBirds for the second straight season, while Kevin Clark will serve as the strength and conditioning coach for Aberdeen after serving as the strength and conditioning coach with Delmarva in 2015.
After managing the Frederick Keys in 2015, Juan “Orlando” Gomez returns to the GCL Orioles. Gomez managed the GCL Orioles from 2013-14 and is in his 12th season in the organization (ninth as a manager). Former major leaguer Wilson Alvarez returns for a fourth season as pitching coach for the GCL Orioles. After serving as minor league infield coordinator for the Orioles in 2015, Kevin Bradshaw joins the GCL Orioles staff as the team’s field coach, and Milt May returns for his seventh season as hitting coach for the GCL Orioles.
Elvis Morel and Nelson Norman will manage the Orioles’ two entries in the Dominican Summer League. They will be assisted by pitching coaches Robert Perez and Dionis Pascual and coaches Benny Adames (hitting), Ramon Caraballo (field supervisor), Ramon Lubo (catching), and Ruben Francisco (field coach). Ludovino Marte will serve as athletic trainer for the DSL club, while Anthony Adames will serve as strength and conditioning coach.
Brian Graham enters his ninth season with the Orioles and fourth as director of player development. Rick Peterson will return for his fifth season as director of pitching development, and Jeff Manto returns for his third year as minor league hitting coordinator.
Don Werner will serve as the minor league catching coordinator, while Dave Anderson will serve as the minor league infield coordinator, and Scott Beerer will serve as the minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator along with his duties as hitting coach at Aberdeen. Scott McGregor will spend his 15th year as a coach in the organization and fifth season as the Sarasota-based rehabilitation coordinator. Dave Schmidt, in his 19th season in the organization, will serve as the Florida and Latin America pitching coordinator for the Orioles. In addition to his managerial duties, Nelson Norman remains the director of Dominican baseball operations for the Birds, while Felipe Alou Jr. returns to serve as director of the Dominican Academy for the second consecutive season after seven years as coordinator of Dominican operations. Len Johnston enters his 40th season with the Orioles organization, serving as the administrator for Sarasota operations. Dave Walker will begin his 14th year as minor league medical coordinator and 23rd season in the Orioles farm system. Ryan Driscoll returns for his third year as strength and conditioning coordinator, Sarasota and his eighth year in the organization.
Affiliate League Manager Pitching Coach Field Coach(es) Trainer/S&C
Norfolk (AAA) International Ron Johnson Mike Griffin S. Berry/J. Hernandez Shires/Howell
Bowie (AA) Eastern Gary Kendall Alan Mills H. Clark/S. McGill Wesley/Armstrong
Frederick (A) Carolina Keith Bodie Kennie Steenstra Erik Pappas Guzman/Cecere
Delmarva (A) South Atlantic Ryan Minor Blaine Beatty Kyle Moore Schuler/TBD
Aberdeen (SA) New York-Penn Luis Pujols Justin Lord Beerer/Sambo Brinker/K. Clark
Gulf Coast (R) Gulf Coast Orlando Gomez Wilson Alvarez Milt May/K. Bradshaw TBD
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 Anthony Adames
Baltimore Orioles 2016 player development department
Director, Player Development Brian Graham
Director, Minor League Operations Kent Qualls
Manager, Minor League Administration Maria Arellano
Assistant Director, Minor League and International Operations Cale Cox
Administrator, Sarasota Operations Len Johnston
Director, Pitching Development Rick Peterson
Coordinator, Minor League Hitting Jeff Manto
Coordinator, Minor League Catching Don Werner
Coordinator, Minor League Infield Dave Anderson
Coordinator, Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Scott Beerer
Coordinator, Pitching Rehabilitation Scott McGregor
Coordinator, Florida and Latin America Pitching Dave Schmidt
Coordinator, Minor League Medical Dave Walker
Coordinator, Sarasota Strength and Conditioning Ryan Driscoll
Instructor, Special Assignment B.J. Surhoff
Instructor, Special Assignment Ramon Martinez
Instructor, Special Assignment Mike Bordick
Director, Dominican Baseball Operations Nelson Norman
Director, Dominican Academy Felipe Rojas Alou, Jr.
Coordinator, Dominican Field Miguel Jabalera
Administrator, Dominican Academy Jorge Perozo
Coordinator, Latin American Medical Manny Lopez
Manager, Minor League Equipment Jake Parker
Manager, Dominican Equipment Franklin Garcia