Orioles announce minor league staffs

The Orioles have unveiled their minor league managers and coaches for their eight affiliates, one of the more important tasks of the offseason.

Included is the expansion to a five-man staff, as previously reported.

Gary Kendall returns as Triple-A Norfolk manager, Buck Britton returns to Double-A Bowie, Kevin Bradshaw returns to short-season Single-A Aberdeen and Alan Mills is back with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League team. Britton, in his second season as a minor league manager, led the Baysox to the Eastern League championship series.

Kyle Moore moves up from low Single-A Delmarva to Single-A Frederick, with former minor league infield coordinator Dave Anderson replacing him. Moore guided the Shorebirds to the best record in the South Atlantic League.

Elvis Morel again is set to manage one of the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League teams, with Chris Madera managing the other after spending this season as a player/coach in the system.

Kennie Steenstra moves up from Bowie to serve as Norfolk’s pitching coach. Mike Griffin, who held the job for the past 11 seasons, replaces Scott McGregor as pitching rehabilitation coach. Sean Berry returns to the organization as Tides hitting coach, the same position he held from 2015-17.

Berry served last season as hitting coach at Double-A Jacksonville in the Marlins system. He’s been a hitting coach/coordinator in professional baseball since 2003 after completing an 11-year playing career.

Ramon Sambo enters his second season with Norfolk and first as fundamentals coach after serving as field coach last season. Eli Steinfield comes to the organization as development coach after spending the 2019 season with the Astros as player development technology apprentice.

Ramsey-Shorebirds-Sidebar.jpgJustin Ramsey advances from Delmarva to Bowie as pitching coach. The Shorebirds led the South Atlantic League this year in ERA (3.00), WHIP (1.18), and strikeouts (1,389), and allowed the fewest home runs (67). They set the SAL record for the most strikeouts in a single season.

Ramsey received the organization’s player development award in September.

Tim Gibbons is the new Baysox hitting coach after serving as director of hitting at Elite Sports Training, Butch Davis has gone from Bowie to Norfolk and back to the Baysox, this time as fundamentals coach. Grant Anders is the development coach after being a baseball operations trainee with the Reds.

Josh Conway is the Keys’ pitching coach after spending last season, his first in the organization, as Bowie’s development coach. Tom Eller is the Keys’ hitting coach after serving in the same role this year at Aberdeen.

Eller came to the Orioles from Harford Community College, where he was the head baseball coach for 12 seasons. They continue to make hires from the collegiate ranks and baseball academies.

Collin Woody, a 38th round pick by the Orioles in 2016, has been named Frederick’s fundamentals coach. Dave Berry is development coach, his first professional coaching role, after spending this summer as video technician. Berry previously was a baseball operations intern with the Astros and baseball operations manager for the Indiana University baseball team.

Robbie Aviles moves up from Aberdeen to Delmarva as pitching coach. The IronBirds led the New York-Penn League with a 2.38 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, .210 average-against and 12 shutouts.

Ryan Fuller enters his first professional coaching season as the Shorebirds hitting coach. He was a hitting instructor at Power in Training (The PIT) in Connecticut and played collegiately at the University of Connecticut for one season in the Diamondbacks organization in 2012.

Jeff Kunkel is fundamentals coach after serving as an area scout for four seasons in the Tigers organization. Matt Packer is development coach after being associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Post University in Connecticut. He also spent time at Desales (Pa.) University and IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Joe Haumacher joins Bradshaw’s staff at Aberdeen as pitching coach. He served this year as pitching coach at Dixie State University in Utah and also has held the job at Amherst (Mass.) College.

Haumacher also spent four years working with Tom House at the National Pitching Association.

Anthony Villa was hired as hitting coach after serving this year as a player/coach in the Rangers organization. Former Orioles farmhand Branden Becker, a 17th round pick in 2015, is fundamentals coach. Joe Botelho has been promoted from player development assistant to development coach.

Mills, who led the IronBirds to a league-best 38-15 record, is joined by pitching coach Adam Bleday. Bleday served this year as Frederick’s development coach. Patrick Jones is hitting coach after working the past two seasons as a coach at Moeller (Ohio) High School and as a private hitting instructor for three years.

Christian Frias is fundamentals coach after being an assistant at Wabash Valley College in Illinois since 2016. Tim DeJohn is development coach after serving as an assistant with the independent Milwaukee Milkmen. He’s also been an assistant at the University of Memphis and the University of Hartford.

He’s the son of recently retired Cardinals minor league coordinator Mark DeJohn.

The DSL Orioles will staff three pitching coaches: Dionis Pascual, Robert Périz and Andrew Sadoski. They also have three hitting coaches:Ramón Caraballo, Ramón Lubo and Josh Benselmeyer. The latter joins the Orioles from Jefferson (Mo.) College, where he served as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator since 2017.

Miguel Jabalera is fundamentals coach and Rubén Francisca is development coach.

The Orioles announced the following athletic trainers: Chris Poole at Norfolk, Brian Guzman at Bowie, Marty Brinker at Frederick, Adam Sparks at Delmarva, Gary Smith at Aberdeen, Aliks Lorie in the GCL and Brandon Rodriguez and Julio Ibarra in the DSL.

The Orioles also announced the hiring of Eve Rosenbaum as director of baseball development. The team-issued press release says she’ll “oversee the alignment of methods across baseball operations, while also enhancing coordination between the scouting, player development, and analytics departments.”

Rosenbaum is a native of Bethesda, Md., and a Walt Whitman High School graduate who played four years of softball at Harvard University. She joins the Orioles from the Astros organization, where she spent the previous five seasons as coordinator of international baseball operations, a specialist in international baseball operations and most recently a manager of international scouting. She also worked in the NFL for 2 1/2 years.

Kent Qualls enters his eighth season as director of minor league operations. Chris Holt has been named director of pitching after serving last year as minor league pitching coordinator. Matt Blood joins the organization as director of player development. Maria Arellano enters her 15th season with the Orioles and first as senior manager of minor league and international administration. Felipe Rojas Jr. returns as director of the Dominican Academy and Rancel Rosado takes over as Dominican Academy Administrator after being the club’s international scouting intern and Trackman operator.

Kathryn Rowe joins the organization as sports psychologist. She comes from the University of Rochester men’s soccer team, where she served as mental skills coach.

Dave Schmidt remains in the organization as rehab coordinator. Dave Walker begins his 18th year as minor league medical coordinator and 27th season in the organization.

Manny Lopez returns as Latin American medical coordinator and Jake Parker is back as minor league equipment manager.

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