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Orioles announce minor league staffs for the upcoming season

By Eduardo A. Encina

The Baltimore Sun

4:09 PM EST, January 9, 2014

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The Orioles announced their minor league staff for 2014 on Thursday, and most of the managers in the organization will remain the same.

Both Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and Double-A Bowie skipper Gary Kendall, as well as their entire staffs, will all remain in their current positions. Aberdeen manager Matt Merullo and Gulf Coast League manager Orlando Gomez will also stay in their existing roles.

Longtime major league coach Luis Pujols, who managed low Class-A Delmarva last season, will be high Class-A Frederick’s manager, while former Orioles third baseman Ryan Minor will return to Delmarva, where he managed for three seasons from 2010-2012.

New hires include former Orioles infielder Jeff Manto, who will serve as the organization’s minor league hitting coordinator, and Dave Anderson, who will be the new roving infield instructor. Scott Beerer, who was in major league camp with the Orioles in 2012 and played at Norfolk that year, will be the outfield and baserunning roving instructor.

Former Orioles pitcher Alan Mills, who was Aberdeen’s pitching coach last season, will serve in the same capacity for Delmarva. Former Orioles minor leaguer Paco Figueroa will be the Shorebirds’ hitting coach.

Former Orioles pitcher Scott McGregor will return as pitching rehabilitation coordinator, based in Sarasota, Fla., and Dave Schmidt will be the Florida and Latin America pitching administrator. Mike Bordick will remain a special assistant instructor, and Rick Peterson will also return for his third season as director of pitching development.

Here is a list of the complete minor-league staff.

Affiliate // Manager // Pitching Coach // Field Coach(es) // Trainer/S&C

Norfolk (AAA) // Ron Johnson // Mike Griffin // D. Walling/J. Hernandez // Shires/Naito

Bowie (AA) // Gary Kendall // Blaine Beatty // Butch Davis // Scott/Armstrong

Frederick (A) // Luis Pujols // Kennie Steenstra // Torre Tyson // Wesley/Cecere

Delmarva (A) // Ryan Minor // Alan Mills // Paco Figueroa // Schuler/Howell

Aberdeen (SA) // Matt Merullo // Justin Lord // TBA // Poole/Clark

Gulf Coast (R) // Orlando Gomez // Wilson Alvarez // Milt May/Ramon Sambo // Svarczkopf

Dominican (R) // Elvis Morel // Dionis Pascual // B. Adames/R. Francisco // Ludovino Marte

Dominican 2 (R) // Nelson Norman // Robert Perez // R. Lubo/R. Caraballo // TBA

Player development department

Director, Minor League Operations: Kent Qualls

Director, Player Development: Brian Graham

Coordinator, Minor League Administration: Maria Arellano

Coordinator, Player Development: Cale Cox

Director, Pitching Development: Rick Peterson

Director, Minor League Strength and Conditioning: Ryan Crotin

Coordinator, Sarasota Strength and Conditioning: Ryan Driscoll

Coordinator, Minor League Hitting Instruction: Jeff Manto

Coordinator, Pitching Rehabilitation: Scott McGregor

Administrator, Florida and Latin America Pitching: Dave Schmidt

Director, Dominican Baseball Operations: Nelson Norman

Coordinator, Dominican Operations: Felipe Rojas Alou Jr.

Coordinator, Dominican Field: Miguel Jabalera

Administrator, Dominican Academy: Jorge Perozo

Coordinator, Minor League Medical: Dave Walker

Coordinator, Latin American Medical: Manny Lopez

Administrator, Sarasota Operations: Len Johnston

Instructor, Minor League Infield: Dave Anderson

Instructor, Minor League Catching: Don Werner

Instructor, Minor League Outfield and Baserunning: Scott Beerer

Instructor, Special Assignment: Mike Bordick

Manager, Minor League Equipment: Jake Parker

Manager, Dominican Equipment: Franklin Garcia