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Blue Jays announce 2018 Minor League appointments

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS announce the following appointments to their Player Development and High Performance staffing for the 2018 season. The field managers for the upcoming season will be BOBBY MEACHAM (Buffalo-AAA), JOHN SCHNEIDER (New Hampshire-AA), CASEY CANDAELE (Dunedin- High A), CESAR MARTIN (Lansing- Low A), DALLAS McPHERSON (Vancouver- Short Season), DENNIS HOLMBERG (Bluefield- Rookie Advanced), LUIS HURTADO (Gulf Coast- Rookie) and JOHN TAMARGO (Dominican Summer League- Rookie).

The Player Development Department has a number of additions for the upcoming season. Joining the organization are GUILLERMO MARTINEZ from the Chicago Cubs organization who will serve as the Hitting Coordinator, CASEY CANDAELE as the Manager of the Dunedin Blue Jays who served as the Seattle Mariners First Base Coach last season, DALLAS McPHERSON who will manage the Vancouver Canadians and begin his professional coaching career, HUNTER MENSE who will be the Hitting Coach with New Hampshire after spending the 2017 season as hitting coach with short season Tri-City (San Diego), and Lansing Hitting Coach MATT YOUNG & Gulf Coast League Assistant Pitching Coach MARK WORRELL will both be making their professional coaching debuts. TIM RAINES has moved to the position of Special Assistant. GEORGE CARROLL will make the transition from player to coach as he joins the Gulf Coast Blue Jays staff.

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS announce the following appointments to their Player Development and High Performance staffing for the 2018 season. The field managers for the upcoming season will be BOBBY MEACHAM (Buffalo-AAA), JOHN SCHNEIDER (New Hampshire-AA), CASEY CANDAELE (Dunedin- High A), CESAR MARTIN (Lansing- Low A), DALLAS McPHERSON (Vancouver- Short Season), DENNIS HOLMBERG (Bluefield- Rookie Advanced), LUIS HURTADO (Gulf Coast- Rookie) and JOHN TAMARGO (Dominican Summer League- Rookie).

The Player Development Department has a number of additions for the upcoming season. Joining the organization are GUILLERMO MARTINEZ from the Chicago Cubs organization who will serve as the Hitting Coordinator, CASEY CANDAELE as the Manager of the Dunedin Blue Jays who served as the Seattle Mariners First Base Coach last season, DALLAS McPHERSON who will manage the Vancouver Canadians and begin his professional coaching career, HUNTER MENSE who will be the Hitting Coach with New Hampshire after spending the 2017 season as hitting coach with short season Tri-City (San Diego), and Lansing Hitting Coach MATT YOUNG & Gulf Coast League Assistant Pitching Coach MARK WORRELL will both be making their professional coaching debuts. TIM RAINES has moved to the position of Special Assistant. GEORGE CARROLL will make the transition from player to coach as he joins the Gulf Coast Blue Jays staff.

Joining the High Performance staff will be CHAD UIHLEIN as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, MAURICIO ELIZONDO as Assistant Rehab Coordinator, LAUREN POOLE as Dietitian in New Hampshire, ALLISON TROPF as the Affiliate Dietitian and Strength and Conditioning Coaches CASEY CALLISON, ROBERT MURDOCK and JUSTIN BATCHER.

A complete list of the Blue Jays 2018 minor league staff is as follows:

HIGH PERFORMANCE -- DUNEDIN
Assistant Director of High Performance: Clive Brewer
Rehab Coordinator: Pat Chasse
ATC & Transaction Coordinator: Jeff Stevenson
Assistant Rehab Coordinator: Mauricio Elizondo
S & C Coordinator: Jeremy Trach
Assistant S & C Coordinator: Chad Uihlein
Head of Nutrition: Stephanie Wilson
Fueling Coordinator: Tony Castillo
Head Mental Performance: Paddy Steinfort
Mental Performance Coach: Ben Freakley
Mental Performance Coach: Rafael Dubois
Mental Performance Coach: Tanya Bialostozky

MINOR LEAGUE COORDINATORS
Field Coordinator:Eric Wedge
Pitching Coordinator: Jeff Ware
Hitting Coordinator: Guillermo Martinez
Catching Coordinator: Ken Huckaby
Infield Coordinator: Danny Solano
Latin America Player Advisor: Omar Malave
Senior Advisor, Pitching: Rick Langford
Rehab Pitching Coordinator: Darold Knowles

AFFILIATE STAFF ASSIGNMENTS

BUFFALO
Manager: Bobby Meacham  
Pitching: Bob Stanley
Hitting: Corey Hart 
Pos. Player: Devon White
Trainer: Bob Tarpey        
S & C: Brian Pike      

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Manager: John Schneider
Pitching: Vince Horsman
Hitting: Hunter Mense
Pos. Player: Andy Fermin
Trainer: Drew MacDonald
S & C: Ryan Maedel

DUNEDIN
Manager: Casey Candaele   
Pitching: Mark Riggins
Hitting: Donnie Murphy   
Pos. Player: Michel Abreu
Trainer: Dan Leja 
S & C: Kyle Edlhuber

LANSING
Manager: Cesar Martin
Pitching: Tony Caceres
Hitting: Matt Young
Pos. Player: Dave Pano
Trainer: Caleb Daniel
S & C: Aaron Spano

VANCOUVER  
Manager: Dallas McPherson
Pitching: Jim Czajkowski    
Hitting: Aaron Mathews    
Trainer: Michael Rendon   
S & C: Pat Rosanio

BLUEFIELD
Manager: Dennis Holmberg
Pitching: Adam Bernero
Hitting: Carlos Villalobos
Pos. Player: Chris Schaeffer
Trainer: Luke Greene
S & C: Justin Batcher

GULF COAST  
Manager: Luis Hurtado         
Pitching: Rafael Lazo
Asst. Pitching: Mark Worrell         
Hitting: Paul Elliott

Pos. Player: George Carroll     
Assistant: Jesus Figueroa  
Trainer: Jon Woodworth        
S & C: Casey Callison

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE
Field Coordinator: Pablo Cruz
Manager: John Tamargo
Pitching: Yoel Hernandez
Hitting: Julio Germosen
Pos. Player: Jose Mateo
Trainer: Hiroki Yoshimoto
Asst. Trainer: Ysidro Reyes
S & C: Imbewer Alvarez
Asst. S & C: Robert Murdock

Note:
ATC -- Athletic Trainer, Certified
PT -- Physical Therapist
S & C -- Strength and Conditioning

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