Spike Owen to manage Low-A Hickory; Rangers announce 2017 MiLB coaching staffs

The Texas Rangers today announced the managers, coaches, and staff for all minor league affiliates in 2017. Texas affiliates combined to produce a winning record for the seventh consecutive season in 2016 and claimed a California League title.

December 1st, 2016

The Texas Rangers today announced the managers, coaches, and staff for all minor league affiliates in 2017. Texas affiliates combined to produce a winning record for the seventh consecutive season in 2016 and claimed a California League title.


The Texas farm system will feature a pair of new managers in 2017. Spike Owen, who served as Rangers interim third base coach in 2016, will be the manager at Low-A Hickory. The former major league infielder enters his ninth season in the Texas organization and second as a manager after a successful debut with High-A High Desert in 2015. Matt Hagen will take the managerial reigns for Short-Season Spokane. Hagen joined the organization in 2016 as a coach on the Hickory staff after a long playing career and a stint as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Liberty University.


Former major league outfielder Damon Mashore has joined the organization as a baserunning coordinator. Mashore is the brother of current Rangers Assistant Hitting Coach Justin Mashore and spent the last four years in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, including the last two as hitting coordinator. He appeared in 185 major league games from 1996-98 with the Oakland Athletics and Anaheim Angels, batting .249 with 8 home runs and 41 RBI.


Texas has also added several new staff members at the club's minor league affiliates, including Turtle Thomas at Spokane. Thomas has spent the past 37 years as a coach at the collegiate level, including the last nine as the head coach at Florida International University. Thomas also served as an assistant coach at LSU (2000-06) and Miami (1988-99).


The Rangers will return to the Carolina League in 2017 with their new High-A affiliate, the Down East Wood Ducks. Former MLB All-Star Howard Johnson will lead the Wood Ducks in their inaugural campaign. In 2016, Johnson earned California League Manager of the Year honors and led the organization's High-A affiliate to a California League title.


Many returning staff members will have new assignments in 2017. Steve Mintz will serve as the pitching coach for the Wood Ducks after managing Hickory in 2016. Kenny Hook (Hickory), Chase Lambin (Spokane), and Jared Goedert (AZL Rangers) will have new positions as hitting coaches. Sharnol Adriana (Hickory) moves to the Crawdads staff after spending his initial season in the organization at Frisco. Former Ranger Guilder Rodriguez will be making his stateside coaching debut with the AZL Rangers. Ric Mabie, who spent six seasons at Round Rock, will be the organization's rehab strength and conditioning coordinator in Arizona. Strength and conditioning coaches Eric McMahon (Round Rock), Wade Lamont (Frisco), and Adam Noel (Hickory) will all join new clubs in 2017.


A look at the 2017 staff (changes from 2016 underlined in italics; new hires denoted by*):


Round Rock (AAA)

Manager: Jason Wood 

Pitching: Greg Hibbard

Coach:Jim Presley

Coach: Geno Petralli 

Trainer: Carlos Olivas

Strength: Eric McMahon

Frisco (AA)

Manager: Joe Mikulik 

Pitching: Brian Shouse

Coach: Jason Hart

Trainer: Jacob Newburn 

Strength: Wade Lamont

Down East (High-A)  

Manager: Howard Johnson

Pitching: Steve Mintz

Coach: Bobby Rose

Trainer: Alex Rodriguez  

Strength: Al Sandoval*

Hickory (Low-A)

Manager: Spike Owen 

Pitching: Jose Jaimes

Coach: Kenny Hook

Coach: Sharnol Adriana

Trainer: Dustin Vissering

Strength: Adam Noel

Spokane (Short-A)

Manager: Matt Hagen

Pitching: Joey Seaver

Coach: Chase Lambin

Coach: Turtle Thomas*

Trainer: Luke Teeters

Strength: Ed Yong

Arizona (Rookie)

Manager: Matt Siegel

Pitching: Henderson Lugo

Pitching: John Armold

Coach: Jared Goedert

Coach: Salomon Manriquez

Coach: Guilder Rodriguez

Trainer: Bronson Santillan*


Dominican (Rookie)

Manager: Carlos Cardoza

Pitching: Jesus Delgado

Pitching: Pablo Blanco

Coach: Chad Comer 

Coach: Alexis Infante 

Coach: Chu Ovalle 

Coach: Roberto De La Rosa

Trainer: Aliks Lorie 

Trainer: Jeff Case

Strength: Eduardo Thomas

Roving Instructors  

Field Coordinator: Corey Ragsdale

Pitching Coordinator: Danny Clark

Hitting Coordinator: Josue Perez

Catching Coordinator: Chris Briones

Asst. Hitting/Outfield Coordinator: Dwayne Murphy

Asst. Pitching Coordinator: Jeff Andrews

Infield Coordinator: Kenny Holmberg

Base Running Coordinator: Damon Mashore*

Director, Peak Performance: Josiah Igono

Director, Nutrition: Stephanie Fernandes

Medical Coordinator: Jason Roberts

Asst. Medical and Rehab Coord.: Chris Olson

Rehab Coordinator: Sean Fields

Rehab Pitching Coordinator: Keith Comstock

Strength and Conditioning Coord.: Napoleon Pichardo

Rehab Strength and Cond. Coord.: Ric Mabie

Special Assistant, Pitching: Mark Connor

Arizona Complex Operations

Coordinator, Arizona Operations: Stosh Hoover

Minor League Equipment Manager: Chris Ackerman


The organization's roving instructor staff remains largely intact from 2016. Corey Ragsdale will lead the group in his second season as Field Coordinator. Danny Clark begins his 12th season in the Texas system and ninth as the organization's pitching coordinator. Josue Perez (Hitting Coordinator), Chris Briones (Catching Coordinator), Dwayne Murphy (Assistant Hitting/Outfield Coordinator), Jeff Andrews (Asst. Pitching Coordinator), and Kenny Holmberg (Infield Coordinator) each return in their previous roles. Mashore is the lone addition to the roving staff.


Former major league infielder Jason Wood returns for a third season at the helm of the Express and ninth season overall in the organization. Wood's staff remains mostly unchanged as Jim Presley (Hitting) and Greg Hibbard (Pitching) each return for their second season. Former Texas backstop Geno Petralli will also be on the staff for a third straight season. Carlos Olivas will be the club's trainer and Eric McMahon (Strength and Conditioning) joins the staff after six seasons in Frisco.


Joe Mikulik returns to Frisco for his 3rd season, his 19th season overall as a minor league manager. Former Rangers Jason Hart (Hitting) and Brian Shouse (Pitching) will both return to Mikulik's staff. Jacob Newburn begins his second season as Frisco's athletic trainer. Wade Lamont (Strength and Conditioning) joins the 'Riders after serving in the same role at Hickory last season.


Johnson will manage the Down East Wood Ducks in their first season. Bobby Rose will be the organization's High-A hitting instructor for a 3rd straight season, while Steve Mintz returns to mentoring pitchers after spending last season as the Hickory manager. Alex Rodriguez (Athletic Trainer) and Al Sandoval (Strength and Conditioning) round out the staff.


After spending last season as the big league interim third base coach for Texas, Spike Owen will manage the Crawdads. Owen's staff will include Jose Jaimes (Pitching), Kenny Hook (Hitting), and Sharnol Adriana (Coach). Jaimes will be in his second season with Hickory and ninth season overall as an instructor in the organization, while Hook joins Hickory after spending last season at Spokane. Adriana made his coaching debut with Frisco in 2016. Dustin Vissering (Athletic Trainer) and Adam Noel (Strength and Conditioning) are also part of the Hickory staff.


Matt Hagen will lead the Spokane Indians in 2017 after joining the organization last season as a coach on the Hickory staff. Hagen's staff will include Joey Seaver (Pitching), Chase Lambin (Hitting), and Turtle Thomas (Coach). Seaver is the only returner from the 2016 Spokane staff, while Lambin moves up from the AZL Rangers. Luke Teeters (Athletic Trainer) and Ed Yong (Strength and Conditioning) both return to the Indians.


Matt Siegel will manage the Arizona League Rangers for a second straight season. Henderson Lugo and John Armold both return to the AZL Rangers staff as pitching coaches. Salomon Manriquez also returns as a hitting coach, while Jared Goedert joins the staff from Spokane. Former Ranger Guilder Rodriguez moves to the AZL Rangers after spending last season as a coach in the Dominican. Bronson Santillan will be the club's athletic trainer in his first season in the organization.


Carlos Cardoza will manage the Dominican Summer League Rangers for a second straight season after leading the club to its fourth consecutive appearance in the DSL Championship Series. Jesus Delgado and Pablo Blanco both return to the staff as pitching coaches, while Chad Comer, Alexis Infante, Chu Ovalle, and Roberto De La Rosa also return. Aliks Lorie and Jeff Case will return to the staff as athletic trainers and Eduardo Thomas will be the team's strength and conditioning coach for a 10th season.