D-backs announce 2016 player development staff

The Arizona Diamondbacks named the organization's 2016 Player Development staff, as announced by D-backs Director, Player Development Mike Bell.

January 5th, 2016

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named the organization's 2016 Player Development staff, as announced by D-backs Director, Player Development Mike Bell.

Last year, Arizona affiliates were 455-382 (.544), the second-highest winning percentage in the Minors behind Houston (.553; 502-405). Four D-backs affiliates made it to the postseason with 2 winning league titles (Short-Season A Hillsboro, Rookie-Advanced Missoula). The D-backs and Astros were the only 2 organizations with 2 full-season clubs with a .600+ winning percentage, with Single-A Advanced Visalia (.600) and Single-A Kane County (.609), who had the fourth-best winning percentage (.609; 84-54) among all full-season Minor League clubs.

In 2016, the D-backs will be in their eighth season with the Triple-A Reno Aces, 10th season with the Double-A Mobile BayBears and Single-A Advanced Visalia Rawhide, second with Single-A Kane County Cougars, fourth with the Short-Season A Hillsboro Hops, 18th with the Rookie-Advanced Missoula Osprey, sixth with the Rookie Arizona League (AZL) D-backs and 21st with the Dominican Summer League (DSL) D-backs.

The D-backs return all 6 of their coordinators while adding the roles of Assistant Coordinator (Mark Grudzielanek) and Short-Season Field Coordinator (Luis Urueta) and Short-Season Pitching Coordinator (Wellington Cepeda).

The D-backs return 6 managers with Mike Benjamin being promoted to Kane County from AZL D-backs while newcomer Darrin Garner will take over at the helm of the AZL D-backs, his ninth season as a manager.

The D-backs will return 12 coaches and have added 8 new coaches while also introducing new "Coach" roles at Mobile (Mike Lansing and Eddie Oropesa), Visalia (Javier Colina), Kane County (Shawn Roof) and AZL D-backs (Dan Kelly). Along with the aforementioned, the other new coaches include Jose Amado, Darwin Peguero, Rich Sauveur and Franklin Stubbs. Oropesa spent 4 seasons in the Majors including 2 with the D-backs in 2002-03. Franklin Stubbs spent parts of 10 seasons in the Majors, Mike Lansing played 9 Major League seasons and Rich Sauveur pitched in parts of 6 seasons.

Numbers in parentheses: first number is years in current role (consecutive); second number is years with D-backs.