Orioles name minor league managers, coaches and staff

The Orioles today announced the coaching staffs for their eight minor league affiliates for the 2015 season.

Ron Johnson returns for his fourth season as the manager at Triple-A Norfolk after guiding the Tides to a 65-79 mark in 2014. The 2015 season will be Johnson’s 22nd as a minor league manager. He has compiled 1,477 career victories (1,477-1,478 overall) and is 68 wins shy of matching the record for most managerial wins in Tides franchise history after going 216-216 over his first three seasons with the club. Mike Griffin will serve as pitching coach for the eighth consecutive season in the organization and sixth straight season in Norfolk. Sean Berry will serve as hitting coach for the Tides in his first 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 third straight season and his sixth year in the organization. Mark Shires enters his 16th year as an athletic trainer in the Orioles’ system and his ninth year at Norfolk. Trevor Howell will return for his third season in the Orioles’ system and second as strength and conditioning coach for the Tides.

Gary Kendall will return for his fifth season as manager at Double-A Bowie. 2015 will be Kendall’s 16th season in the organization and 12th season as a manager. Former Oriole Alan Mills moves from Delmarva to Bowie in his fourth season as a pitching coach in the organization. After 16 seasons with the Houston Astros organization, including the last three as manager of Double-A Corpus Christie, Keith Bodie will begin his first as hitting coach for the Baysox. Pat Wesley begins his 12th full season as an athletic trainer in the Orioles’ organization. Strength and conditioning coach Pat Armstrong returns for his fifth year in the organization and fourth year at Bowie.

Orlando Gomez will manage the Frederick Keys after two seasons with the Gulf Coast League Orioles and is in his 11th in the organization (ninth as a manager). Kennie Steenstra will serve as pitching coach, returning for his fourth season with the Keys and his 11th in the organization. Former Orioles farmhand Paco Figueroa will serve as Frederick’s hitting coach after spending his first season as a professional coach as Delmarva’s field coach in 2014. Chris Cecere will serve as strength and conditioning coach for the Keys in his fourth year in the organization, while Chris Poole will move from Aberdeen to Frederick to serve as athletic trainer.

Former Orioles third baseman Ryan Minor, who managed Delmarva from 2010-12, will return to manage the Shorebirds for the second straight season after also piloting the Frederick Keys in 2013. The 2015 season will be Minor’s eighth as a coach or manager in the Orioles organization. Entering his 10th year in the Orioles organization (six with Frederick, two with Bowie, and one with Delmarva), Blaine Beatty will enter his second year as pitching coach for the Shorebirds after spending the previous two seasons with the Baysox. Former Oriole Howie Clark enters his first season as hitting coach for Delmarva. Trek Schuler returns to the Shorebirds, where he spent the 2001-03 seasons, for his second straight season with Delmarva and 16th season as an athletic trainer in the Orioles organization.

Long-time major league coach Luis Pujols will manage the Aberdeen IronBirds in 2015 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 second season with the IronBirds after spending the 2013 campaign with Delmarva. Scott Thomas will return for his second season with Aberdeen to serve as the club’s field coach. Brian Guzman will begin his first season with the IronBirds, serving as athletic trainer, while Kevin Clark will serve as the strength and conditioning coach with Aberdeen after spending 2014 with Delmarva.

After two seasons with the IronBirds, Matt Merullo will manage the Gulf Coast League Orioles in 2015. Former major leaguer Wilson Alvarez returns for a third season as pitching coach for the GCL Orioles. Ramon Sambo returns as the team’s field coach and Milt May returns for his sixth season as hitting coach for the GCL Orioles. Marty Brinker will serve as the athletic trainer 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 eighth season with the Orioles and third as Director of Player Development. Rick Peterson will return for his fourth season as Director of Pitching Development, and Jeff Manto returns for his second year as Minor League Hitting Coordinator.

Don Werner will serve as the Minor League Catching Coordinator, while Kevin Bradshaw will serve as the Minor League Infield Coordinator, and Scott Beerer will serve as the Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator. Scott McGregor will spend his 14th year as a coach in the organization and fourth season as the Sarasota-based Rehabilitation Coordinator. Dave Schmidt, in his 18th 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 after seven years as Coordinator of Dominican Operations. Len Johnston enters his 39th season with the Orioles organization, serving as the Administrator for Sarasota Operations. Dave Walker will begin his 13th year as Minor League Medical Coordinator and 22nd season in the Orioles’ farm system. Ryan Driscoll returns for his sixth year as Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Sarasota. Jake Parker returns for his sixth season as Minor League Equipment Manager, while Franklin Garcia will serve as Dominican Equipment Manager.

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, Keith Bodie, Wesley/Armstrong
Frederick (A), Carolina, Orlando Gomez, Kennie Steenstra, Paco Figueroa, Poole/Cecere
Delmarva (A), South Atlantic, Ryan Minor, Blaine Beatty, Howie Clark, Schuler/TBD
Aberdeen (SA), New York-Penn, Luis Pujols, Justin Lord, Scott Thomas, Guzman/K. Clark
Gulf Coast (R), Gulf Coast, Matt Merullo, Wilson Alvarez, Milt May/Ramon Sambo, Marty Brinker
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

Director, Player Development - Brian Graham
Director, Minor League Operations - Kent Qualls
Manager, Minor League Administration - Maria Arellano
Coordinator, Player Development - 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 - Kevin Bradshaw
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 - 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