Orioles set Minor League coaching staffs for 2015
The Orioles revealed the 2015 coaching staffs for their eight Minor League affiliates on Tuesday.
Among the holdovers is Ron Johnson, who returns for his fourth season as manager of Triple-A Norfolk. Johnson, entering his 22nd season as a Minor League skipper, is 216-216 at Norfolk, putting him 68 victories shy of matching the Tides' all-time record.
Johnson's staff will include Mike Griffin, back for his sixth straight year as pitching coach and eighth in the organization. Former big leaguers Sean Berry and Jose Hernandez will serve as hitting coach and field coach, respectively. Berry spent the past four years as a Minor League hitting coordinator with the Padres after five as the Astros' hitting coach, while Hernandez is filling his role for the third straight year.
Other returning managers in the system are Gary Kendall at Double-A Bowie (fifth year) and former Orioles third baseman Ryan Minor at Class A Delmarva (second year). Orlando Gomez will move up from the Gulf Coast League Orioles to manage the Class A Advanced Frederick Keys, while Luis Pujols shifts from Frederick to short-season Class A Aberdeen, and Matt Merullo from Aberdeen to the Gulf Coast League. Elvis Morel and Nelson Norman will manage the Orioles' two Dominican Summer League squads.
Baltimore also is bringing back Brian Graham as director of player development (third season), Rick Peterson as director of pitching development (fourth season) and Jeff Manto as Minor League hitting coordinator (second season).