Friday, February 12, 2016

Phillies announce changes in minor league staffs

Ryne Sandberg will remain the manager at Triple A Lehigh Valley, but the Phillies will be making managerial changes throughout the organization.

Phillies announce changes in minor league staffs

Ryne Sandberg will remain the manager at Triple A Lehigh Valley. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Ryne Sandberg will remain the manager at Triple A Lehigh Valley. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Ryne Sandberg will remain the manager at Triple A Lehigh Valley, but the Phillies will be making managerial changes throughout the organization.

Dusty Wathan has been promoted to manager for Double A Reading after spending the last 2 years as the manager for Single A Clearwater.

At Clearwater, Chris Truby takes over as manager, moving up a level from Lakewood, where he managed last year.

Mickey Morandini, who returned to the organization full time last season as the manager for Single A Williamsport, will take over at Lakewood.

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Andy Tracy, who played in parts of two pennant-winning seasons for the Phillies (2008-09) and played extensively in the organization, will make his managerial debut with Williamsport.

The shuffle in managers was necessitated by Mark Parent's move to the Chicago White Sox staff. Parent had been the manager at Double A Reading.

At Lehigh Valley, coach Sal Rende and pitching coach Rod Nichols will return.

Sandberg, a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, is back for his second season after leading the IronPigs to their first playoff appearance in club history in 2011. Rende will enter his ninth season with the Phillies and second straight at Lehigh Valley, while Nichols returns for his 13th year in the organization and eighth at triple-A.

In Reading, Wathan will be joined by coach Frank Cacciatore – back for his fifth season with Reading – and pitching coach Bob Milacki, who will enter his third season with the team.

At Clearwater, former major league manager John Mizerock returns for his second season as a coach for Clearwater and pitching coach Dave Lundquist for his fourth.

In Lakewood, Greg Legg – back for his 31st season with the Phillies and fifth straight at Lakewood – returns as a coach, while pitching coach Les Lancaster moves up from the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

The Williamsport staff will feature three new hires to the Phillies organization. Tracy will be joined by pitching coach Aaron Fultz, in his first season as a coach in the professional ranks. He spent two years (2005-06) on the Phillies’ pitching staff under manager Charlie Manuel and played on the National League champion San Francisco Giants in 2002. The coach at Williamsport has yet to be determined.

At the rookie level, longtime staff member Roly deArmas will manage the Gulf Coast Phillies for the sixth consecutive year and ninth, overall. His coaching staff will be comprised of Kevin Jordan and Steve Schrenk.

Carlos Arroyo is back for his 37th season on the Phils’ player development staff, continuing his role of rehab pitching coach. Connell has joined the staff in an as yet unspecified role.

Five of the six minor league coordinators from last year are returning in their same roles: Mike Compton (field), Gorman Heimueller (pitching), Steve Henderson (hitting), Doug Mansolino (infield) and Ernie Whitt (catching). They will be joined by former major leaguer Andy Abad, who will serve as the new outfield/baserunning coordinator, and Jorge Velandia, who will take on the new role of assistant field coordinator. Velandia spent the previous two years as a coach for Williamsport.



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