Tribe announces 2019 Minor League staffs

January 22nd, 2019
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The coaching staffs for the Indians' top three affiliates will have a new look in 2019.

The Indians announced Tuesday that Tony Mansolino (Triple-A Columbus), Rouglas Odor (Double-A Akron) and Jim Pankovits (Class A Advanced Lynchburg) have all been promoted to managerial positions.

Mansolino, who is in his fourth year of managing, will be joined by pitching coach Rigo Beltran, hitting coach Andy Tracy and bench coach Kyle Hudson, all of whom are assuming new roles. This will be Tracy's first season in the Indians organization, having spent the past six years as the organizational hitting coordinator with the Phillies. Tracy, a Bowling Green, Ky., native, played 16 seasons of professional baseball, including some brief Major League stints with the Expos, Rockies and Phillies.

Odor, who managed Lynchburg in 2018, is entering his 29th year in the Indians' system, beginning as a shortstop in Cleveland's organization from 1988-94 before starting his coaching and managing career. The rest of his coaching staff also drew new assignments as Tony Arnold (pitching coach) and Justin Toole (hitting coach) were promoted from Class A Advanced and Juan DeLeCruz will step in as the bench coach. Former Double-A Akron hitting coach Kevin Howard has been promoted to hitting coordinator.

Pankovitz will head a new Lynchburg staff, including pitching coach Joe Torres, who was promoted from Class A Lake County, hitting coach Johnny Narron and bench coach Mike Merganthaler.

Luke Carlin remains the manager of Class A Lake County, alongside both newly appointed pitching coach Owen Dew and hitting coach Jason Esposito. The Indians also announced the hiring of Jordan Smith as Lake County's bench coach. Smith concluded his eight-year playing career at the end of 2018, including a seven-year stint in the Indians organization from 2011-17.

Additionally, Johnny Goryl returns in 2019 as an advisor to player development in his 69th season in professional baseball, including his 38th in the Indians organization.

Here are all of the Indians' Minor League coaching-staff assignments for the 2019 season:

Triple-A Columbus

Manager: Tony Mansolino

Pitching coach: Rigo Beltran

Hitting coach: Andy Tracy

Bench coach: Kyle Hudson

Strength/conditioning coach: Scott Nealon

Athletic trainer: Jeremy Heller

Double-A Akron

Manager: Rouglas Odor

Pitching coach: Tony Arnold

Hitting coach: Justin Toole

Bench coach: Juan De La Cruz

Strength/conditioning coach: Paul Synenkyj

Athletic trainer: Bobby Ruiz

Class A Advanced Lynchburg

Manager: Jim Pankovitz

Pitching coach: Joe Torres

Hitting coach: Johnny Narron

Bench coach: Mike Merganthaler

Strength/conditioning coach: Eric Ortego

Athletic trainer: Jake Legan

Class A Lake County

Manager: Luke Carlin

Pitching coach: Owen Dew

Hitting coach: Jason Esposito

Bench coach: Jordan Smith

Strength/conditioning coach: Travis Roberson

Athletic trainer: TBD

Class A Short-Season Mahoning Valley

Manager: Dennis Malave

Pitching coach: Jason Blanton

Hitting coach: Grant Fink

Bench coach: Omir Santos

Strength/conditioning coach: Juan Acevedo

Athletic trainer: Patrick Reynolds

Rookie-level Dominican Summer League 1

Manager: Jesus Taverez

Pitching coach: Jesus Sanchez

Hitting coach: Chris Smith

Bench coach: Carlos Fermin

Strength/conditioning coach: Luis Jiminez

Athletic trainer: Luis Estala

Rookie-level Arizona League 1

AZ Academy coordinator: Larry Day

Pitching coach: Joel Mangrum

Hitting coach: Jordan Becker

Bench coach: JT Maguire

Strength/conditioning coach: Cesar Yepez

Athletic trainer: Gabriel Garcia

Rookie-level Arizona League 2

Manager: Jerry Owens

Pitching coach: Mike Steele

Hitting coach: Junior Betances

Bench coach: Josh Stubbs

Strength/conditioning coach: Moises Cuevas

Athletic trainer: Matt Beauregard