Orioles make coaching changes ahead of '22

Bemboom, Vogel signed to Minor League deals

December 17th, 2021

BALTIMORE -- The changes the Orioles made to Brandon Hyde’s coaching staff have been completed. The club announced two additions and two role changes on Tuesday, half of which were previously unreported.

Fredi González will shift from Major League coach to bench coach as part of the shuffle, with former assistant hitting coach José Hernández moving into González’s previous role. The club also named Matt Borgschulte and Ryan Fuller co-hitting coaches to replace Don Long, who was not retained following the 2021 season. Borgschulte’s hiring and Fuller’s promotion from Double-A Bowie were reported in November; both are first-time big league coaches.

Additionally, Chris Holt returns as director of pitching/pitching coach, Darren Holmes as assistant pitching coach, and Tim Cossins as Major League field coordinator/catching instructor. Tony Mansolino will be back for a second season as third-base coach, with Anthony Sanders returning at first base. The Orioles did not add an analytics-focused role to Hyde’s staff, despite rumors earlier this offseason.

The plan is to shift Cossins’ duties slightly without a title change, featuring more in-game bullpen work to allow Holmes and Holt to work together more directly in the dugout. González will assume some of Cossins’ in-game duties as bench coach, functioning as Hyde’s right-hand man in the dugout. 2022 will be Hyde’s fourth year at the helm in Baltimore, after it was revealed in September that he previously signed an extension to his original three-year contract.

Minor League signings
The Orioles bolstered their depth with two Minor League signings this week, inking catcher Anthony Bemboom and right-hander Matthew Vogel to contracts for the 2022 season.

Bemboom, 31, has appeared in 54 games for the Rays and Angels since 2019, including eight with the Angels in '21 in a backup role. He is the second backstop the Orioles signed in recent weeks, after they brought in Jacob Nottingham on a Minor League deal earlier this month. Both have a chance to make the club out of Spring Training.

Vogel, 26, is a former 25th round Draft pick of the Rays who last played affiliated ball in 2017 in Tampa Bay’s system. He pitched in two independent leagues in '21, posting a 4.73 ERA with 73 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings in the Frontier and Atlantic Leagues.