Indians announce '16 player-development staff

January 11th, 2016
New Minor League infield coordinator John McDonald spent the first six seasons of a 16-year big league career with the Indians.AP

CLEVELAND -- John McDonald spent the better part of two decades putting dazzling defense on display on the big league stage. The Indians announced Monday that the former shortstop will now be charged with helping mold the developing infielders within their farm system.

McDonald, who served as a special assistant to player development last year for Cleveland, will take over as the Tribe's Minor League infield coordinator this year. According to a release by the ballclub, the 41-year-old McDonald will be "the primary resource to Minor League coaches in the implementing and monitoring of individual infielder player plans."

The Indians selected McDonald in the 12th round of the 1996 Draft, and he turned himself into one of baseball's elite infield defenders over the course of a 16-year career, which included parts of seven seasons with Cleveland. Dating back to 1990, McDonald is one of only 10 shortstops to register at least 51 Defensive Runs Saved.

The Indians have also hired former pitcher Bruce Chen, who retired in 2015 after a two-start stint with Cleveland, to be a Minor League cultural development coordinator. Chen pitched in 17 seasons in the Majors with 11 teams, appearing in 400 games. Chen -- a native of Panama who speaks multiple languages -- will assist all organizational players in the transition to professional baseball, with a focus on Latin-born players.

Cleveland also announced Triple-A Columbus manager Chris Tremie, Double-A manager Dave Wallace and Class A Advanced Lynchburg manager Mark Budzinski will all return to the same role in 2016. Tony Mansolino, who spent the past five seasons between three Class A teams, will manager Class A Lake County. Edwin Rodriguez, who managed the Marlins in 2010-11, will manage Class A Short-Season Mahoning Valley in his fifth season with the Indians.

Another notable addition is the hiring of Steve McCatty to be the pitching coach at Lake County. McCatty spent the past seven seasons as the Major League pitching coach for the Nationals, who added him to their system after he worked as the big league pitching coach for the Tigers from 2003-05.

Below is the list of Cleveland's 2016 player-development staff:

Front office

Director, player development: Carter Hawkins

Assistant director, player development: Eric Binder

Assistant director, player development: Alex Eckelman

Director, administration: Wendy Hoppel

Administrative assistant: Nilda Taffanelli


Field coordinator: Tom Wiedenbauer

Pitching coordinator: Ruben Niebla

Assistant field coordinator: Julio Rangel

Lower level pitching coordinator: Matt Blake

Hitting coordinator: Jim Rickon

Catching coordinator: Scooter Tucker

Infield coordinator: McDonald

Cultural development: Chen

Strength and conditioning: Todd Kubacki

Rehab coordinator: TBA

Pitching programs, rehab: Ken Knutson

Strength and conditioning, Latin America: Nelson Perez

Performance coach: Ceci Clark

Performance coach: Brian Miles

Performance coach: Oscar Gutierrez

Special assistant: Tim Belcher

Special assistant: Travis Hafner

Advisor: Jhonny Goryl

Advisor: Minnie Mendoza

Advisor: Tim Tolman

Advisor: Travis Fryman


Manager: Tremie

Pitching coach: Steve Karsay

Hitting coach: Rouglas Odor

Coach: Omir Santos

Athletic trainer: Chad Wolfe

Strength and conditioning: Ed Subel

Double-A Akron

Manager: Wallace

Pitching coach: Tony Arnold

Hitting coach: Tim Laker

Athletic trainer: Jeremy Heller

Strength and conditioning: Scott Nealon


Manager: Budzinski

Pitching coach: Rigo Beltran

Hitting coach: Larry Day

Athletic trainer: Bobby Ruiz

Strength and conditioning: Juan Acevedo

Lake County

Manager: Mansolino

Pitching coach: McCatty

Hitting coach: TBD

Coach: Junior Betances

Athletic trainer: Matt Beauregard

Strength and conditioning: Paul Synenkyj

Mahoning Valley

Manager: Rodriguez

Pitching coach: Tighe Dickinson

Hitting coach: Kevin Howard

Athletic trainer: Jake Legan

Strength and conditioning: Jake Sankal

Arizona League (Rookie)

Manager: Anthony Medrano

Pitching coach: Mark Allen

Hitting coach: Dennis Malave

Hitting coach: Bobby Magallanes

Athletic trainer: Ted Blackwell

Rehab strength: Pat Trainor

Strength and conditioning: Cesar Yepez

Dominican Summer League (Rookie)

Field coordinator: Jose Mejia

Pitching coach: Jesus Sanchez

Pitching coach: Carlos Jan

Hitting coach: Freddy Tiburcio

Infield coach: Carlos Fermin

Tryout coach: Jesus Tavarez

Strength and conditioning: Hasani Torres

Assistant, strength and conditioning: Fernando Cabral

Athletic trainer: Gabriel Garcia

Athletic trainer: Edwin Garcia