Red Sox announce 2013 Minor League field staffs
BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today announced the 2013 field staffs for their minor league affiliates. Director of Player Development Ben Crockett made the announcement of managers, coaches, and athletic trainers for each of the seven teams.
The Red Sox have added three individuals to the 2013 field staff alignment, hiring Gary DiSarcina as the manager at Triple-A Pawtucket, Tom Kotchman as a coach at the club’s rookie level Gulf Coast League team and Aly Gonzalez as a coach for the organization’s rookie-level Dominican Summer League team.
BOSTON RED SOX 2013 MINOR LEAGUE FIELD STAFFS
Pawtucket (Triple-A, International League)
Manager: Gary DiSarcina is rejoining the Red Sox organization after a stint in the Los Angeles Angels front office as special assistant to the general manager in 2011 and field coordinator in 2012. The 12-year Major League veteran and 1995 American League All-Star previously spent five years in the Red Sox organization as a Baseball Operations consultant in 2006, as manager of the Lowell Spinners from 2007-09, and as minor league infield coordinator in 2010. He led the Spinners to back-to-back division titles in 2008 and 2009, with a franchise-record 45 wins in 2009.
Pitching Coach: Rich Sauveur returns for a sixth season as Pawtucket’s pitching coach after spending the previous five campaigns as a pitching coach in the Brewers system. A left-handed pitcher, he spent parts of six seasons in the big leagues between 1986 and 2000.
Hitting Coach: Dave Joppie begins his first season as hitting coach for Pawtucket and his eighth season in the Red Sox farm system. He previously served in the same capacity for Portland (2008-12), Lancaster (2007) and Wilmington (2006) after holding coaching and managerial positions in the Athletics system from 1995-2005.
Athletic Trainer: Jon Jochim enters his 10th season as an athletic trainer in the Red Sox system and his fourth consecutive year in that role for the PawSox. Previously, he served in that role for Portland (2009), Lancaster (2007-08), the GCL Red Sox (2006), and Lowell (2004-05). He joined the Red Sox as an intern in the GCL in 2003 after serving as athletic trainer for the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.
Portland (Double-A, Eastern League)
Manager: Kevin Boles enters his third season as manager of the Portland Sea Dogs after previously skippering Salem (2010) and Greenville (2008-09). During the 2011-12 offseason, he also served as manager of the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League. A catcher at the University of South Florida, he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 1998 June draft.
Pitching Coach: Bob Kipper returns as Portland’s pitching coach, a position he’s held since 2010, as well from 2003-04. He also spent time as pitching coach in the Red Sox system for Greenville (2005-06, 2008-09), Lancaster (2007), Augusta (2000-01), and Lowell (1999), and was Boston’s bullpen coach in 2002. A left-handed pitcher, he spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues from 1985-92.
Hitting Coach: Rich Gedman joins Portland after serving as hitting coach for Salem in 2012 and for Lowell in 2011. He was manager of the independent Can-Am League’s Worcester Tornadoes for six seasons from 2005-10 and prior to that served as bench coach for the Can-Am League’s North Shore Spirit. A two-time All-Star catcher with the Red Sox, Gedman played 13 Major League seasons from 1980-92, including parts of his first 11 campaigns in Boston.
Athletic Trainer: Brandon Henry begins his second season as athletic trainer for Portland after spending 2010-11 as athletic trainer for Salem. This marks his seventh season with the Red Sox organization, having also served as athletic trainer for Greenville (2009) and Lowell (2007-08).
Salem (High-A, Carolina League)
Manager: Billy McMillon returns for his second season at the helm for Salem after piloting Greenville from 2010-11. He made his coaching debut as hitting coach for the Drive from 2008-09. The former outfielder spent parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues with the Florida Marlins (1996-97), Philadelphia Phillies (1997), Detroit Tigers (2000-01) and Oakland Athletics (2001-04).
Pitching Coach: Kevin Walker enters his third season as Salem’s pitching coach after serving in that capacity for Greenville in 2010 and for Lowell in 2009 in his professional coaching debut. A left-handed pitcher, he made 122 Major League appearances between stints with the San Diego Padres (2000-03), San Francisco Giants (2004), and Chicago White Sox (2005).
Hitting Coach: Nelson Paulino begins his first season with Salem after serving as hitting coach for Lowell in 2012. This will be his 16th consecutive season with the Red Sox since joining the organization in 1998. He was previously with the DSL Red Sox as hitting coach (2001-02, 2008-11), bench coach (2007), and manager (2003-06). A switch-hitting infielder, he played four years in the Braves farm system from 1991-94.
Athletic Trainer: David Herrera begins his sixth season in the Red Sox organization and his second as Salem’s athletic trainer. He served in the same capacity for Greenville (2010-11), Lowell (2009), and the Gulf Coast League Red Sox (2008).
Greenville (Single-A, South Atlantic League)
Manager: Carlos Febles begins his second season at the helm of Greenville after making his managerial debut with Lowell in 2011. He previously held positions as hitting coach with Salem (2009-10) and the Lancaster JetHawks (2008) after making his coaching debut with the Spinners in 2007. He spent six seasons as a second baseman for the Kansas City Royals from 1998-2003.
Pitching Coach: Paul Abbott takes over as Greenville’s pitching coach after spending his first two seasons in the Red Sox organization as Lowell’s pitching coach from 2011-12. He began his coaching career with two seasons with the independent Golden League’s Orange County Flyers, as manager in 2010 and as pitching coach in 2009, and was also an assistant coach at Fullerton (CA) Junior College. A right-handed pitcher, he spent parts of 11 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1990-2004.
Hitting Coach: Tim Hyers makes his coaching debut in the Red Sox organization after serving as the club's Area Scout for Georgia over the last four years (2009-12). He was hitting coach at Single-A West Michigan in the Tigers minor league system in 2002, and played parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues with the Padres (1994-95), Tigers (1996), and Marlins (1999).
Athletic Trainer: Mackenzie Zabbo enters her fourth season with the Red Sox organization and her first as athletic trainer for Greenville after serving in the same capacity for Lowell in 2012. She was assistant athletic trainer for Greenville in 2011 and was an intern with the GCL Red Sox in 2010.
Lowell (Short-A, New York-Penn League)
Manager: Bruce Crabbe enters his ninth year in the Red Sox organization, his 10th campaign as a minor league manager, and his fourth season managing Lowell (2006, 2010, 2012). He skippered Salem in 2011 and was Boston’s minor league infield coordinator from 2006-09. His Red Sox tenure began as hitting coach for Wilmington in 2005 following seven years managing in the Rangers system from 1998-2004. He played professionally in the Cubs, Blue Jays, and Braves organizations from 1984-92.
Pitching Coach: Walter Miranda returns to Lowell, where he also served as pitching coach from 2005-06 and in 2008. He was a GCL Red Sox pitching coach over the last five seasons and from 2000-04, and he also held that position with Greenville in 2007. Miranda joined the Red Sox organization in 1999 following a six-year playing career in the Florida Marlins system.
Hitting Coach: Noah Hall begins his first season with Lowell after making his coaching debut with the GCL Red Sox in 2012. He spent parts of 13 seasons as an outfielder in the affiliated minor leagues from 1996-2009 and also played parts of five seasons in independent leagues (2001, 2007, 2009-11).
Athletic Trainer: TBA
Gulf Coast (Rookie, Gulf Coast League)
Manager: Darren Fenster will be in his first year as the GCL Red Sox manager after making his professional coaching debut as the hitting coach for Greenville in 2012. He previously spent six seasons on the Rutgers University baseball staff, including three as an assistant coach (2009-11), and also served as an assistant coach for the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Orleans Cardinals in 2008.
Pitching Coach: Dick Such begins his fifth season in the Red Sox system and his first as pitching coach for the GCL Red Sox after serving in the same capacity with Greenville (2011-12) and Salem (2009-10). His previous experience includes parts of 17 years as Minnesota’s pitching coach from 1985-01, helping the Twins win two World Series, and parts of three seasons in the same role with the Texas Rangers from 1983-85. A right-hander, he pitched in 21 career Major League games (five starts) for Washington in 1970 under manager Ted Williams.
Hitting Coach: U.L. Washington enters his eighth campaign as the GCL Red Sox hitting coach and his 11th overall in Boston’s system. A former shortstop who played 11 big league seasons with Kansas City (1977-84), Montreal (1985) and Pittsburgh (1986-87), he joined the Red Sox organization in 2003 as Triple-A Pawtucket’s hitting coach and was the Red Sox minor league infield coordinator in 2004-05. His previous coaching experience includes stints in the Pirates (1989), Royals (1991-98) Dodgers (1999) and Twins (2001-02) systems.
Coach: Dave Tomlin enters his third season as a coach for the GCL Red Sox in 2013, his ninth straight year in the Boston system and his 13th overall with the club. He managed the GCL team for five seasons from 2006-10 and had stints as the team’s pitching coach in 1998 and 2005. With the Red Sox organization, Tomlin has also served as pitching coach for Sarasota (1999) and Lowell (2000-01, 2004). He also previously worked as a minor league instructor and coach in the Expos (1988-94) and Braves (1995-97) systems. A left-handed pitcher, he made 409 appearances in the majors from 1972-85.
Coach: Tom Kotchman returns to the Red Sox organization, where he managed at the Single-A level in Winter Haven from 1982-83. He is a veteran of 34 years as a minor league manager and scout, including the last 29 seasons in the Angels system, and owns a 1,706-1,436 (.543) career record, also managing in the Tigers (1980-81) organization. Kotchman served as the manager of the Angels’ Rookie-level affiliates in Provo and Orem, Utah for the last 12 years, reaching the Pioneer League playoffs 11 times and winning the league’s championship on four occasions. He led his clubs to 19 playoff berths and eight league titles after joining the Angels system in 1984. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Kotchman played two professional seasons in the Cincinnati organization from 1977-78. His son, Casey, a first baseman, spent part of the 2009 season with Boston.
Athletic Trainer: Mauricio Elizondo is back with the GCL Red Sox, where he was previously an athletic training intern in 2008 and 2009. He enters his sixth season overall in the Red Sox organization in 2013, after serving as the athletic trainer for Lowell from 2010-11 and for Greenville in 2012.
Dominican Summer (Rookie, Dominican Summer League)
Manager: Jose Zapata returns for his seventh season as both the Red Sox Latin American Field Coordinator and manager of the club’s DSL affiliate, which he has led to a winning record in each of his six seasons at the helm. Zapata, who played professionally in Montreal’s minor league system from 1991-93, began his coaching career with eight seasons in the Expos organization. He also previously served as a manager, coach and instructor in the Marlins system (2002-06).
Pitching Coach: Amaury Telemaco will be in his fourth year as a pitching coaching with the DSL Red Sox after making his coaching debut with the club in 2010. A right-handed pitcher, he spent nine years in the majors with the Cubs (1996-98), Diamondbacks (1998-99) and Phillies (1999-2001, 2003-2005), and also pitched professionally in Korea.
Pitching Coach: Oscar Lira enters his second season as pitching coach for the DSL Red Sox after joining the staff as the club’s assistant pitching coach in 2011. A right-hander, he pitched over six minor league seasons in the Montreal/Washington organization from 2001-06, and also pitched professionally in Italy, Venezuela and Curacao.
Coach: Junior Zamora begins his sixth season as a coach for the DSL Red Sox. He made his professional coaching debut with the club in 2008 following a 13-year minor league career in the Mets, Angels, and Astros systems, and played one season in the independent Can-Am League in 2007.
Coach: Wilton Veras made his coaching debut with the DSL Red Sox in 2012. A third baseman, he signed with Boston as an international free agent in 1995 and played parts of two Major League seasons for the Red Sox from 1999-2000. Following a nine-year career in affiliated baseball, he also played in independent leagues (2004, 2006-07), as well as in Mexico (2004, 2008) and Taiwan (2008-2010).
Coach: Aly Gonzalez joins the staff full-time in 2013 after serving as a player/coach for the DSL Red Sox in 2012. He played three season with Boston’s DSL club from 2009-11, appearing at catcher, first base, third base and in the outfield.
Coaching Assistant: Claudio Sanchez returns for his eighth season as a coaching assistant on the DSL Red Sox staff.
Athletic Trainer: Guillermo Hinojosa returns for a fourth season as athletic trainer for the DSL Red Sox. He served as an athletic trainer with Caracas Leones of the Venezuelan Baseball League from 2008-09, and has worked with national amateur teams in Venezuela since 2000.
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Antonio Diaz enters his 18th consecutive season in the Red Sox organization in 2013, his sixth as strength and conditioning coach for the club’s DSL affiliate. He served the previous 12 years as athletic trainer for all Red Sox Dominican Summer and assorted Winter League clubs.