Blue Jays announce 2021 Minor League appointments

March 8th, 2021

The Toronto Blue Jays today announce the following appointments to the High Performance and Player Development departments for the 2021 campaign.

Field Managers for the upcoming Minor League season will be Casey Candaele (Triple-A Buffalo), Cesar Martin (Double-A New Hampshire), Donnie Murphy (High-A Vancouver), Luis Hurtado (Low-A Dunedin), Brent Lavallee (Gulf Coast), and Dane Fujinaka (Dominican Summer League).

Below is a complete listing of the Blue Jays’ 2021 Player Development and High Performance staffs.


Casey Candaele: Manager

Jeff Ware: Pitching Coach

Corey Hart: Hitting Coach

Devon White: Position Coach

Jake McGuiggan: Development Coach

Caleb Daniel: Trainer

Justin Batcher: S&C Coach

Kat Mangieri: Dietitian

John Lannan: MP Coach

New Hampshire

Cesar Martin: Manager

Jim Czajkowski: Pitching Coach

Matt Hague: Hitting Coach

Chris Schaeffer: Position Coach

Evan Short: Development Coach

Luke Greene: Trainer

Casey Callison: S&C Coach

Kara Terry: Dietitian

Rob DiBernardo: MP Coach


Donnie Murphy: Manager

Antonio Caceres: Pitching Coach

Ryan Wright: Hitting Coach

Danny Canellas: Position Coach

Taylor Hill: Development Coach

Brandon Hammerstrom: Trainer

Tommy LaBriola: S&C Coach

Geoff Stallman: Dietitian

Rob DiBernardo: MP Coach


Luis Hurtado: Manager

Phil Cundari: Pitching Coach

Matt Young: Hitting Coach

George Carroll: Position Coach

Drew Hayes: Development Coach

Roelvis Vargas: Trainer

Matt Hunter: S&C Coach

Lauren Poole: Dietitian

Ben Freakley: MP Coach

Gulf Coast

Brent Lavallee: Manager

Jose Mayorga: Bench Coach

Cory Riordan: Pitching Coach

Paul Elliott: Hitting Coach

Dennis Holmberg: Position Coach

Zach Stewart: Development Coach

Jon Woodworth: Trainer

Taylor Haslinger: S&C Coach

Trevor Lomax: Dietitian

Matthew Galvez: MP Coach

Dominican Summer League

Pablo Cruz: Field Coordinator

Dane Fujinaka: Manager

Yoel Hernandez: Pitching Coach

Andy Fermin: Hitting Coach

Petr Stribrcky: Hitting Coach

Deiferson Barreto: Position Coach

Jose Mateo: Position Coach

Alain Pacheco: Trainer

Ysidro Reyes: Trainer

Imbewer Alvarez: S&C Coach

Roswell Del Rosario: Asst. S&C Coach

Matthew Galvez: MP Coach

Player Development

Gil Kim: Director, Player Development & Major League Coach

Charlie Wilson: Director, Minor League Operations

Joe Sclafani: Assistant Director, Player Development

Casey Candaele: Field Coordinator & Buffalo Manager

John Tamargo Jr.: Short-Season Field Coordinator

Dallas McPherson: Skill Development Coordinator

Hunter Mense: Hitting Coordinator

Danny Solano: Infield Coordinator

Matt Buschmann: Director, Pitching Development & Major League Bullpen Coach

Cory Popham: Pitching Development Coordinator

Matt Tracy: Pitching Development Coordinator

Will Habib: Coordinator, Player Development & HP Operations

Matt Hague: New Hampshire Hitting Coach & Swing Consultant

Reed Kienle: Minor League Hitting Analyst

Evan Short: Pitching Skills Coach & Strategist

Billy Wardlow: Equipment Coordinator

Matt von Roemer: Technology Operations Coordinator

Tim Raines: Special Assistant to Player Development

Sonia De La Cruz: Education Coordinator

Michelle Rodgers: Business Manager, Minor League Operations

Michael Rivera: Assistant, Player Development

David Howell: Complex Pitching Coach

Demetre Kokoris: Rehab Pitching Coach

Luis Silva: Rehab Position Player Coach

High Performance – Dunedin

Angus Mugford: Vice President of High Performance

Dehra Harris: Assistant Director of High Performance

Andrew Pipkin: Medical Director

Brandon Stone: Sports Science Coordinator

Scott Peters: Medical Research Coordinator

Michael Rendon: Athletic Training Coordinator

Phillip Dimino: Rehab Coordinator

Jon Woodworth: GCL ATC & Latin American Medical Coordinator

Steve Rassel: MiLB S&C Coordinator

Kyle Edlhuber: MiLB S&C Rehab Coordinator

Aaron Spano: MiLB S&C Asst. Coordinator

Ben Freakley: Head of Mental Performance

Rob DiBernardo: Mental Performance Coach (New Hampshire & Vancouver)

John Lannan: Mental Performance Coach (Buffalo & Dunedin)

Matthew Galvez: Mental Performance Coach (GCL & DSL)

Jeremy Chiang: Nutrition Coordinator & ML Dietitian

Sam Lima: EAP Director

Ted Farrar: Florida Physician Coordinator

Alex Suerte: Assistant Physical Therapist

Reeve Bergesen: High Performance & Player Development Project Manager

Clare Padmore: High Performance Analyst