Nationals announce player development staff

The Washington Nationals announced their 2023 Minor League player development staff on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo and Director of Player Development De Jon Watson made the joint announcement.

Triple-A Rochester

Double-A Harrisburg

High-A Wilmington

Manager – Matt LeCroy

Manager – Delino DeShields*

Manager – Mario Lisson

Hitting – Brian Daubach

Hitting – Tim Doherty**

Hitting – Micah Franklin**

Pitching – Rafael Chaves

Pitching – Joel Hanrahan**

Pitching – Mark DiFelice

Development Coach - Billy McMillon

Development Coach - Oscar Salazar

Development Coach - Mark Harris

Athletic Trainer – Eric Montague

Athletic Trainer – Don Neidig**

Athletic Trainer – Kirby Craft**

Strength & Conditioning – Mike Warren

Strength & Conditioning – Ryan Grose**

Strength & Conditioning – Brandon Pentheny

#Performance Analyst - Daniel Minter*

#Performance Analyst – Samantha Unger*

#Performance Analyst – Paul Sirena*


Single-A Fredericksburg

Florida Complex League

Dominican Summer League

Manager – Jake Lowery

Manager – Luis Ordaz

Field Coordinator – Sandy Martinez

Hitting – Delwyn Young

Hitting – Ender Chávez

Manager/Infield - Rafael Ozuna*

Pitching – Justin Lord**

Pitching – Franklin Bravo

Hitting – Alex Valdez*

Development Coach – Carmelo Jaime

Development Coach - Destin Hood

Hitting/Outfield/Baserunning – Freddy Guzman

Athletic Trainer – Jacob Meyer**

Fundamentals Coordinator - Jeff Garber**

Pitching – Edwin Hurtado

Strength & Conditioning – Nathan Sier*

FCL Athletic Trainer – Nitfrancis Marrero*

Assistant Pitching - Feliberto Sanchez

#Performance Analyst – Josh Freligh*

Complex Athletic Trainer – Cesar Roman

Tryout Assistant – Anthony Rosario


Strength & Conditioning – RJ Guyer**

Latin America Training Coord. – Manny Moore



Athletic Trainer - Miguel Cabrera



Strength & Conditioning – Santo Del Rosario


Staff / Coordinators

Staff / Coordinators

Director, Player Development – De Jon Watson

Field Coordinator - Bob Henley

Director, Minor League and Florida Operations - Ryan Thomas

Senior Advisor, Player Development – Dave Jauss

Director, Player Development Tech & Strategy  - David Longley

Special Assistant to the General Manager – Gerardo Parra

Assistant Director, Player Development - John Wulf

Quality Control Coordinator - Bill Mueller

Assistant Director, Minor League Operations - JJ Estevez

Hitting Coordinator – Joe Dillon

#Assistant Director, Player Dev. Tech & Strategy - Patrick Coghlan*

Lower Level Hitting Coordinator – Troy Gingrich

Manager, Florida Operations - Dianne Wiebe

Pitching Coordinator – Sam Narron

Coordinator, Minor League Operations & Player Education - Andrew Scarlata

Lower Level Pitching Coordinator - Michael Tejera

Coordinator, Player Development Analytics - Jordan Rassmann

Rehabilitation Pitching Coordinator – Mark Grater

Coordinator, Minor League Video - Allan Bekerman

Infield Coordinator – Cody Ransom*

#Assistant, Minor League Operations - Juan Iglesias*

Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator – Coco Crisp

#Player Development Analyst – Allen Ho*

Catching Coordinator – Randy Knorr

#Senior Biomechanist – Bill Johnson*

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Gabe Torres

#Biomechanist – Brittany Mills*

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Shane Hill**

Minor League Clubhouse & Equipment Coordinator – Carlos Felix

Medical Rehab Coordinator – Gene Basham

Minor League Clubhouse Operations - Scott Paquin

Assistant Medical Rehab Coordinator - Jeff Allred

#Clubhouse Assistant – Giovanni Augusti*

Physical Therapist - JR Wood*

#Clubhouse Assistant – Brandon Darnell*

Mental Skills Coordinator - Dana Sinclair

Dominican Republic Academy Administrator - Eduardo Castro

Minor League Dietitian - Emily Kaley 

Dominican Republic Clubhouse Assistant - Edniel Wancourt


Dominican Republic Academy Administrative Assistant - Lorena Rosario


* - New staff member

# - Added role

** - Staff role change


New Coaching Staff Members

·       Delino DeShields joins the Nationals after 14 seasons (2009-22) with the Cincinnati Reds organization, including the last four seasons (2019-22) as the first base/infield/baserunning coach on their Major League staff. Prior to that role, DeShields spent the previous 10 seasons in the Reds’ player development system. In 2010, he began an eight-year run as a manager with the organization, leading rookie-level Billings (2010), Single-A Dayton (2011-12), Double-A Pensacola (2013-14) and Triple-A Louisville (2015-17). He spent the 2018 season as the organization’s roving bunting and baserunning instructor. DeShields was the Montreal Expos’ first-round pick in the 1987 Draft and went on to spend 13 seasons in the Major Leagues with Montreal, Los Angeles (NL), St. Louis, Baltimore and Chicago (NL).

·       Rafael Ozuna joins the Nationals after spending the previous five seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, most recently as the manager of their Dominican Summer League club (2018, 2021-22). He also spent two seasons (2019-20) as the hitting coach of the DSL Diamondbacks. Prior to that, he spent nine seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers system as an assistant hitting coach at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga (2015-17) and an outfield/baserunning coach with the DSL Dodgers (2009-14). A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Ozuna joined the coaching ranks after an 11-year playing career.

·       Cody Ransom joined the coaching ranks in 2020 as a coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks system. He was tabbed to be on the AZL Diamondbacks staff in 2020 before the Minor League season was cancelled. He spent the 2021 season with the ACL Diamondbacks and the 2022 season with Single-A Visalia. Ransom played parts of 11 Major League seasons with San Francisco, Houston, New York (AL), Philadelphia, Arizona, Milwaukee, San Diego and Chicago (NL).

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