Pirates announce 2018 Minor League staffs

Esposito moves up to manage Triple-A Indianapolis

January 16th, 2018

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates on Tuesday announced their Minor League coaching staffs for the 2018 season, introducing a new manager at Triple-A Indianapolis while keeping their championship-winning manager in place at Double-A Altoona.

Brian Esposito will move up from Class A Short-Season West Virginia to lead Indianapolis this year, the Bucs announced. Michael Ryan will be back in the manager's office for Altoona, which won the Eastern League championship last season.

Joining Esposito in Triple-A are hitting coach Ryan Long and pitching coach Stan Kyles. Hitting coach Keoni De Renne and pitching coach Bryan Hickerson will round out the Double-A coaching staff.

Gera Alvarez will return to Class A Advanced Bradenton for his second season as manager. Matt Ford will be the Marauders' pitching coach, while Butch Wynegar -- previously the Triple-A hitting coach -- will serve in the same role in Bradenton.

Wyatt Toregas is back with Class A West Virginia for his second season as manager. He will be joined by two new coaches, including a former Pirate. Joel Hanrahan, who began his coaching career last year, will move up a level to serve as the Power's pitching coach. Chris Petersen will join West Virginia's staff as the hitting coach.

Below are the rest of the Pirates' Minor League coaching assignments.

Class A Short-Season West Virginia

Manager: Kieran Mattison

Hitting coach: Jonathan Prieto

Pitching coach: Tom Filer

Rookie-level Bristol

Manager: Miguel Perez

Hitting coach: Austin McClune

Pitching coach: Joey Seaver

Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Pirates

Manager: Dave Turgeon

Hitting coach: Kory DeHaan

Pitching coach: Drew Benes

Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Pirates

Manager: Gavi Nivar

Hitting coach: Luis Natera

Pitching coach: Dan Urbina