White Sox announce 2019 player development staff

The Chicago White Sox have announced their player development staff and assignments for the 2019 season under Chris Getz, who is entering his third year as the organization's director of player development.

January 15th, 2019

The Chicago White Sox have announced their player development staff and assignments for the 2019 season under Chris Getz, who is entering his third year as the organization's director of player development.


Mark Grudzielanek (Class AAA Charlotte), Omar Vizquel (Class AA Birmingham), Justin Jirschele (Class A Winston-Salem), Ryan Newman (Class A Kannapolis) and Tim Esmay (Advanced Rookie Great Falls) return as managers from last season. Vizquel (2018 with Winston-Salem, including postseason), Jirschele (2018 with Kannapolis, including postseason) and Newman (2018 with Birmingham) will be at the helm of new clubs in 2019. Ever Magallanes will lead the Arizona Rookie League White Sox after overseeing the club's Dominican Academy in 2017-18.


Pitching coaches for the 2018 season include returning staffers Steve McCatty (Charlotte), Richard Dotson (Birmingham), Matt Zaleski (Winston-Salem), José Bautista (Kannapolis), John Ely (Great Falls) and Felipe Lira (AZL). Everett Teaford and J.R. Perdew will serve as assistant pitching coordinators while Kirk Champion returns as director of minor-league pitching instruction.


Former major-leaguers Frank Menechino (hitting coach at Charlotte) and Wes Helms (coach at Birmingham) will enter their first season in the White Sox system. Menechino served as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins from 2014-18 following a seven-year, major-league career with Oakland (1999-2004) and Toronto (2004-05). He was selected by Chicago in the 1993 amateur draft and played five seasons in its minor-league system (1993-97). Helms served as the bench coach for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the Philadelphia organization last season. He spent 13 years in the majors with Atlanta (1998, 2000-02), Milwaukee (2003-05), Florida (2006, '08-11) and the Phillies (2007).


Other coordinators returning to the organization include Doug Sisson (field coordinator), Mike Gellinger (hitting coordinator), John Orton (catching coordinator) and Aaron Rowand (outfield/baserunning coordinator). 


Following are the White Sox full player development assignments for 2019:



Director of Player Development: Chris Getz

Field Coordinator: Doug Sisson

Director of Minor League Pitching Instruction: Kirk Champion

Assistant Pitching Coordinator: Everett Teaford

Assistant Pitching Coordinator: J.R. Perdew

Hitting Coordinator: Mike Gellinger

Hitting Analytics Instructor: Matt Lisle

Catching Coordinator: John Orton

Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator: Aaron Rowand

Leadership and Development Coordinator: Ben Broussard

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator: Dale Torborg

Medical Coordinator: Scott Takao

Physical Therapist/Rehab Coordinator: Derek Garris



Assistant, Player Development: Rafael Santana

Assistant, Player Development: Tommy Thompson

Assistant, Player Development: Rod Larson

Assistant, Player Development: Graham Harboe

Rehab Pitching Coach: Brian Drahman

Education Coordinator: Erin Santana

Latin/Cultural Development Coordinator: Anthony Santiago



Facility Manager: Joe Lachcik

Minor League Clubhouse and Equipment Manager: Dan Flood

Assistant Minor League Clubhouse Manager: Bryant Biasotti

Latin Education Assistant: Grant Flick



Manager: Mark Grudzielanek   

Pitching Coach: Steve McCatty   

Hitting Coach: Frank Menechino 

Coach: Guillermo Quiroz

Trainer: Josh Fallin   

Conditioning: Shawn Powell   



Manager: Omar Vizquel  

Pitching Coach: Richard Dotson  

Hitting Coach: Charlie Poe

Coach: Wes Helms

Trainer: Corey Barton 

Conditioning: Tim Rodmaker  



Manager: Justin Jirschele

Pitching Coach: Matt Zaleski

Hitting Coach: Jamie Dismuke

Trainer: Hyeon Kim

Conditioning: George Timke



Manager: Ryan Newman

Pitching Coach: José Bautista

Hitting Coach: Cole Armstrong

Coach: Ryan Johansen

Trainer: Joe Geck

Conditioning: Goldy Simmons



Manager: Tim Esmay

Pitching Coach: John Ely

Hitting Coach: Cam Seitzer

Trainer: Carson Wooten

Conditioning: Tyler Gniadek



Manager: Ever Magallanes

Pitching Coach: Felipe Lira

Hitting Coach: Gary Ward

Coach: Louis Silverio

Trainer: Scott Johnson

Conditioning: Daniel Cobian



Field Coordinator: Guillermo Reyes

Complex Operations Coordinator: Manuel Santana

Assistant, Administration: Carolina Santos

Manager: Ángel Rosario

Pitching Coach: Leo Hernández

Hitting Coach: Ángel González

Assistant Pitching Coach: José Brito

Assistant Hitting Coach: Charlie Romero

Outfield Coach: Julio Ramírez

Trainer: José Del Villar

Conditioning Coach: Pedro Gómez