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Colorado Rockies announce 2019 Minor League staff

Changes include four new hires and four other coaching staff shifts

The Colorado Rockies announced their Minor League staff for the 2019 season today. The announcement includes four new hires as well as four other coaching staff changes.

At Triple-A Albuquerque, Glenallen Hill returns for his seventh season as the team's manager, his 15th season in the Rockies organization. Brandon Emanuel enters his second season with the Isotopes as the pitching coach after previously serving as the pitching coach for High-A Lancaster/Modesto from 2014-17. Also returning this season will be Hitting Coach Tim Doherty, who previously served as the hitting coach for Double-A Hartford in 2017 and Rookie Level Grand Junction in 2016.

The Colorado Rockies announced their Minor League staff for the 2019 season today. The announcement includes four new hires as well as four other coaching staff changes.

At Triple-A Albuquerque, Glenallen Hill returns for his seventh season as the team's manager, his 15th season in the Rockies organization. Brandon Emanuel enters his second season with the Isotopes as the pitching coach after previously serving as the pitching coach for High-A Lancaster/Modesto from 2014-17. Also returning this season will be Hitting Coach Tim Doherty, who previously served as the hitting coach for Double-A Hartford in 2017 and Rookie Level Grand Junction in 2016.

The Hartford Yard Goats enter the 2019 season with the addition of new pitching coach Steve Merriman, who joins the club after spending the 2018 season in the Chicago Cubs organization. Manager Warren Schaeffer and Hitting Coach Lee Stevens both return for their second season with Hartford. 

High-A Lancaster enters 2019 with Frank Gonzales in his second season as supervisor of development and his seventh season with the Rockies. Scott Little will be in his first season as manager, after spending the last two seasons as the manager for Short-Season Boise. Dave Burba returns as the High-A pitching coach, his ninth season as a pitching coach in the Rockies organization including three seasons as the Double-A pitching coach from 2015-17. Hitting Coach Tom Sutaris returns for his second season with Lancaster after joining the Rockies organization in 2018.

Low-A Asheville welcomes Randy Ingle as their supervisor of development, after spending the previous 41 years in the Atlanta Braves organization. Robinson Cancel enters his second season as manager of the Tourists, his sixth season as a professional coach/manager. Norberto "Paco" Martin returns for his third consecutive season as hitting coach. Pitching Coach Mark Brewer returns to the staff in 2019, after previously spending three seasons as Asheville's pitching coach from 2014-16. 

Short-Season Boise has Fred Ocasio as the new supervisor of development, his 23rd season with the Rockies organization. Ocasio spent the last four seasons as the manager for High-A Lancaster/Modesto (2015-18). Boise manager will be Steve Soliz. He spent 15 seasons as a Major League coach with the Los Angeles Angels, most recently serving three seasons as their catching and information coach. Cesar Galvez enters his second year as a coach after spending seven years as a player in the Rockies organization.

Rookie Level Grand Junction will enter 2019 with Andy Gonzalez as their supervisor of development for the third consecutive season. Jake Optiz will return for his second season as manager after spending the 2017 season as the coach in Double-A Hartford. The team's pitching coach is Blaine Beatty, who spent the last 13 seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Zach Osborne returns for his second season as hitting coach.

Dominican Summer League One enters 2019 with Manager Mauricio Gonzalez, who returns for his 20th season with the Rockies as the manager of the team. Hitting coach Eugenio Jose returns for his 14th season and coach Florentino Nuñez enters his 12th season with the DSL.

The Rockies' second Dominican Summer League team, which was added in 2018, returns with the same coaching staff. Manager Julio Campos begins his second season with the team, his eighth in the Rockies organization. Pitching coach Helmis Rodrigues and Coach Michael Ramirez both return for their second season on staff.

Below is a full breakdown of the Rockies Minor League staff with the changes for 2019 in bold. For those who have changed positions within the organization, the title held in 2018 is in parentheses.

Organizational Staff
Director, Pitching Operations -- Mark Wiley
Pitching Coordinator -- Doug Linton
Pitching Coordinator -- Darryl Scott 
Catching Coordinator -- Mark Strittmatter
Hitting and Bunting Coordinator -- Darin Everson 
Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator -- Anthony Sanders 
Rehab Coordinator -- Scott Murayama
Assistant Rehab Coordinator -- Andy Stover
Physical Performance Coordinator -- Trevor Swartz
Mental Skills Coordinator -- Doug Chadwick
Assistant Mental Skills Coordinator -- Jerry Amador
Minor League Video Coordinator -- Jeff Nelson
Supervisor, Cultural Development -- Josh Rosenthal
Coordinator, Cultural Development -- Angel Amparo
Latin America Field Coordinator -- Edison Lora
Equipment Manager -- Ricky Dominguez

Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes Staff
Manager -- Glenallen Hill
Pitching Coach -- Brandon Emanuel 
Hitting Coach -- Tim Doherty 
Trainer -- Heath Townsend
Physical Performance Coach -- Marcus Lefton

Double-A Hartford Yard Goats Staff
Manager -- Warren Schaeffer 
Pitching Coach -- Steve Merriman
Hitting Coach -- Lee Stevens 
Trainer -- Hoshito Mizutani 
Physical Performance Coach -- Phil Bailey

High-A Lancaster JetHawks Staff
Supervisor, High-A Development -- Frank Gonzales 
Manager -- Scott Little (Short-Season Boise Manager)
Pitching Coach -- Dave Burba 
Hitting Coach -- Tom Sutaris
Trainer -- Josh Guterman

Low-A Asheville Tourists Staff
Supervisor, Low-A Development -- Randy Ingle
Manager -- Robinson Cancel 
Pitching Coach -- Mark Brewer (Double-A Hartford Coach) 
Hitting Coach -- Norberto "Paco" Martin
Trainer -- Kelsey Branstetter

Short-Season Boise Staff
Supervisor, Short-Season Development -- Fred Ocasio (High-A Lancaster Manager) 
Manager -- Steve Soliz
Pitching Coach -- Ryan Kibler (Low-A Asheville Coach)
Coach -- Cesar Galvez
Trainer -- Mickey Clarizio

Rookie Level Grand Junction Staff
Supervisor, Rookie Level Development -- Andy Gonzalez 
Manager -- Jake Opitz
Pitching Coach -- Blaine Beatty
Hitting Coach -- Zach Osborne
Trainer -- John Duff

DSL Rockies Staff - 1
Manager -- Mauricio Gonzalez
Hitting Coach -- Eugenio Jose
Coach -- Florentino Nuñez
Trainer -- Frank Ovalles
Physical Performance Coach -- Raldy Hererra

DSL Rockies Staff - 2
Manager -- Julio Campos
Pitching Coach -- Helmis Rodriguez
Coach -- Michael Ramirez

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