The Orioles’ desire to turn around their success at the major league level is built around developing talent in the minor leagues, and Wednesday, the organization announced the men and women who will be largely responsible for that in 2022.
The club announced the coaching and development staffs for each of their minor league affiliates in 2022 on Wednesday, and with the exception of Baltimore’s two Dominican Summer League teams, each of the organization’s affiliates will have a new manager. Buck Britton, the former Orioles minor leaguer and brother of Zack Britton, figures to continue managing many of the organization’s top prospects as he moves from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk, with High-A Aberdeen manager Kyle Moore being promoted to Bowie. Roberto Mercado, who spent the past decade as the baseball coach at New Britain High School in Connecticut, will coach Aberdeen, while Felipe Rojas Alou Jr., previously the director of the club’s Dominican Republic Academy, will manage Low-A Delmarva.
Matt Packer, who served as Delmarva’s development coach in 2021, will manage one of the Orioles’ Florida Complex League teams, with Christian Frias, who was an FCL fundamentals coach last year, managing the other. Elbis Morel and Chris Madera return to manage the DSL teams.
Each of the coaching staffs also feature coaches for pitching, hitting and fundamentals, as well as an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach. All levels but the DSL also include a development coach on staff. Of note, pitching coaches Justin Ramsey and Tim Conway are following their respective managers in Britton and Moore with one-level promotions. Jaylen Ferguson, who just completed a six-year playing career in the Orioles’ minor league system, is one of the FCL hitting coaches.
Anthony Villa will be the Orioles’ lower-level hitting coordinator after serving in a similar role while also acting as an FCL hitting coach in 2021. Former major leaguer Cody Asche joins Baltimore as upper-level hitting coordinator, effectively replacing Ryan Fuller after the former Double-A hitting coach joined the Orioles’ major league staff.
Under director of player development Matt Blood, who oversees the system with director of minor league operations Kent Qualls, the Orioles have worked to expand their minor league and development staffs. Among the new positions this year are Adam Schuck and David Barry as player development analysts for pitching and hitting, respectively; Ramón Alarcón promoted to coordinator of minor league operations; and Nick White’s title changing to head of strength and performance to oversee a group that includes minor league strength coordinator Will Alli, rehab strength coach Brandon Farish, dietitian Alexandra Moses, sports science facilitator Marc Lewis, biomechanist Joey Mylott, and mental skills coach Kathryn Rowe, with Rowe the only one returning to a preexisting position.
The Orioles’ scouting staffs — led by senior director of international scouting Koby Perez, director of draft operations Brad Ciolek and director of professional scouting Mike Snyder — feature six analysts in various roles; 15 area scouts, including two new hires in Dan Drullinger (based in Texas) and Eric Robinson (based in Georgia); two pro scouting consultants; three scouts in the Dominican Republic; and two scouts in Venezuela, with Oscar Alvarado new to the Orioles, with various other positions assisting in player acquisition efforts.
The 2022 minor league season is scheduled to begin April 5, a date that would be unaffected by the MLB owners’ lockout of major league players.
Orioles minor league coaching staffs
Manager Buck Britton, pitching coach Justin Ramsey, hitting coach Tim Gibbons, fundamentals coach Ramón Sambo, development coach Joshua Rodrigues, athletic trainer Alan Rail, strength and conditioning coach Jon Medici.
Manager Kyle Moore, pitching coach Josh Conway, hitting coach Branden Becker, fundamentals coach Tim DeJohn, development coach Billy Facteau, athletic trainer William Kelly, strength and conditioning coach Chandler Geller.
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Manager Roberto Mercado, pitching coach Forrest Herrmann, hitting coach Zach Cole, fundamentals coach Isaiah Paige, development coach Ryan Goll, athletic trainer Allysse Kramer, strength and conditioning coach Mike Thomson.
Manager Felipe Rojas Alou Jr., pitching coach Joe Haumacher, hitting coach Brink Ambler, fundamentals coach Daniel Fajardo, development coach Collin Murray, athletic trainer Julio Ibarra, strength and conditioning coach Liz Pardo.
Florida Complex League:
Manager Matt Packer, manager Christian Frias, pitching coach Adam Bleday, pitching coach Andy Sadoski, hitting coach Josh Bunselmeyer, hitting coach Jaylen Ferguson, fundamentals coach Troy Marrow, fundamentals coach Collin Woody, development coach Chase Sebby, athletic trainer Gary Smith, athletic trainer Sara Padilla, strength and conditioning coach Louis Palacios, strength and conditioning coach Sam Sauer.
Dominican Summer League:
Manager Elbis Morel, manager Chris Madera, pitching coach Jake Witt, pitching coach Dioni Pascual, hitting coach Julian González, hitting coach Christian Poulsen, fundamentals coach Ramón Lubo, fundamentals coach Miguel Jabalera, athletic trainer Aliks Lorie, athletic trainer Brian Bolaños, strength and conditioning coach Julio Diaz, strength and conditioning coach Roman Gomez.