Guardians announce Minors staffs for 2022

January 13th, 2022

CLEVELAND -- On Thursday, the Guardians unveiled player development changes throughout the organization’s Minor League system. The new alignment includes just two managerial changes, both in the lower levels. Omir Santos will now head Low-A Lynchburg, and Jordan Smith will step in as manager for the Arizona Complex League.

Santos, promoted from the Dominican Summer League Red club, has been in the organization since 2016 following his 12-year professional career. Smith played for Cleveland from 2011-17.

Only a handful of changes were made to the coaching staffs in the higher levels of the farm system. Andy Tracy is back to manage Triple-A Columbus with the additions of Kyle Lindquist (bench coach), Cody Buckel (pitching strategist) and Trent Kaltenbach (strength and conditioning) to the coaching staff. Rouglas Odor, skipper of Double-A Akron, has just one new face on his staff: Mike Mergenthaler, the club’s assistant hitting coach.

Following is Cleveland’s 2022 player development staff.

Field coordinator: John McDonald
Assistant field coordinator: Anthony Medrano
Pitching coordinator: Joel Mangrum
Hitting coordinator: Grant Fink
Infield coordinator: JB Eary
Catching coordinator: Luke Carlin
Outfield/Baserunning coordinator: JT Maguire
Hitting resource coordinator: Josh Tubbs
Strength and conditioning coordinator: Hasani Torres

Triple-A Columbus
Manager: Andy Tracy
Pitching coach: Rigo Beltrán
Hitting coach: Jason Esposito
Bench coach: Kyle Lindquist
Pitching strategist: Cody Buckel
Strength and conditioning: Trent Kaltenbach
Athletic trainer: Jeremy Heller

Double-A Akron
Rouglas Odor
Pitching coach: Owen Dew
Hitting coach: Junior Betances
Assistant hitting coach: Mike Mergenthaler
Bench coach: Juan De La Cruz
Strength and conditioning: Tyler Grisdal
Athletic trainer: Jacob Legan

High-A Lake County
Greg DiCenzo
Pitching coach: Caleb Longshore
Hitting coach: Chris Smith
Bench coach: Yan Rivera
Strength and conditioning: TBD
Athletic trainer: Matt Beauregard

Low-A Lynchburg
Omir Santos
Pitching coach: Kevin Erminio
Hitting coach: Craig Massoni
Bench coach: Daniel Robertson
Strength and conditioning: Juan Acevedo
Athletic trainer: Franklin Sammons

Arizona Complex League
Jordan R. Smith
Pitching coach: Tony Arnold
Hitting coach: Danny-David Linahan
Bench coach: Dennis Malavé
Strength and conditioning: Cesar Yepez
Athletic trainer: Luis Estala