Nationals make few changes to minor league staffs

The Nationals are retaining the vast majority of their minor league coaches from this season, but several will be in new roles in 2020.

Among the changes announced by the club today: Longtime Double-A Harrisburg manager Matt LeCroy is shifting to a roving position as quality control coordinator, Triple-A Fresno pitching coach Brad Holman is taking over as minor league pitching coordinator and Billy Gardner becomes LeCroy’s replacement as the manager in Harrisburg.

baseballs-generic-art-nats.jpgMost everyone returns intact from this season, with a few exceptions. Fresno will again be managed by Randy Knorr, one of the longest serving members of the organization, but he’ll have a new pitching coach in Michael Tejera, who gets promoted from Double-A.

Gardner’s staff in Harrisburg will include new pitching coach Sam Narron. The recently relocated Single-A Fredericksburg Nationals will bring manager Tripp Keister but employ a new pitching coach in Justin Lord.

Mario Lisson, who managed the Nationals’ rookie Gulf Coast League team the last two seasons, becomes manager at low-Single-A Hagerstown, with newcomer Pat Rice as pitching coach. Patrick Anderson, who previously managed Hagerstown, will now manage the short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays. He swaps positions with Robert Wheeler, the new GCL manager.

Here’s the full minor league staff for 2020 ...

TRIPLE-A FRESNO
Manager: Randy Knorr
Pitching coach: Michael Tejera
Hitting coach: Brian Daubach
Athletic trainer: Eric Montague
Strength and conditioning coach: Mike Warren

DOUBLE-A HARRISBURG
Manager: Billy Gardner Jr.
Pitching coach: Sam Narron
Hitting coach: Brian Rupp
Athletic trainer: TD Swinford
Strength and conditioning coach: RJ Guyer

SINGLE-A FREDERICKSBURG
Manager: Tripp Keister
Pitching coach: Justin Lord
Hitting coach: Luis Ordaz
Athletic trainer: Don Neidig
Strength and conditioning coach: Shane Hill

SINGLE-A HAGERSTOWN
Manager: Mario Lisson
Pitching coach: Pat Rice
Hitting coach: Jorge Mejia
Athletic trainer: Darren Yoos
Strength and conditioning coach: Will Lindholm

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A AUBURN
Manager: Patrick Anderson
Pitching coach: Franklin Bravo
Hitting coach: Mark Harris
Athletic trainer: Kirby Craft
Strength and conditioning coach: Ryan Grose

ROOKIE-LEVEL GCL NATIONALS
Manager: Rocket Wheeler
Pitching coach: Larry Pardo
Hitting coach: Amaury Garcia
Athletic trainer: Jacob Meyer
Strength and conditioning coach/Latin American coordinator: Gabe Torres

ROOKIE-LEVEL DSL NATIONALS
Manager: Sandy Martinez
Pitching coach: Edwin Hurtado
Hitting coach: Freddy Guzman
Infield coach: Wilson Valdez
Outfield coach: Emiliano Alcantara
Assistant pitching coach: Stolmy Pimentel
Tryout assistant: Anthony Rosario
Athletic trainer: Miguel Cabrera
Strength and conditioning coach: Santo Del Rosario
Latin American training coordinator: Manny Moore

COORDINATORS
Senior adviser, player development: Spin Williams
Co-field coordinator/infield coordinator: Jeff Garber
Co-field coordinator: Tommy Shields
Hitting coordinator: Troy Gingrich
Pitching coordinator: Brad Holman
Quality control coordinator: Matt LeCroy
Catching coordinator: Michael Barrett
Outfield/baserunner coordinator: Gary Thurman
Rehabilitation and D.R. pitching coordinator: Mark Grater
Medical rehab coordinator: Jon Kotredes
Assistant medical coordinator: Jeff Allred
Strength and conditioning coordinator: Tony Rogowski
Major/minor league equipment and clubhouse coordinator: Calvin Minasian
Minor league clubhouse and equipment coordinator: Carlos Felix
Player education and cultural development coordinator: Andrew Scarlata

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