Nationals shuffle minor league managers

After promoting Triple-A Syracuse manager Randy Knorr to the major league staff as Davey Johnson’s bench coach for 2012, the Nationals filled his old job the way they’ve been staffing their minor league teams for the last few seasons: moving managers up from within their ranks.

They promoted Double-A Harrisburg manager Tony Beasley to Syracuse, also adding hitting coach Troy Gingrich to that staff. Single-A Potomac manager Matt LeCroy, who had been promoted the year before from Single-A Hagerstown, gets another promotion to Harrisburg.

The Nationals have been grooming a number of managers whom they think can work in the major leagues someday, and Knorr is a product of that system. So is first base coach Trent Jewett, who managed at Potomac and Syracuse before heading to the majors.

Beasley could be next, and LeCroy is highly regarded by the organization, as well. As they think about the future of their staff in the major leagues, it’s clear they’re taking a similar approach to what they’ve been doing in the majors: building from within