Indians Name 2017 Player Development Staff
Following a season in which the Cleveland Indians’ organization had much success, the 2017 season brought some changes and new faces in the player development staff. After the promotion of the previous director, the Indians brought in James Harris to be the new Player Development Director. Harris joins the Indians after one year with the Pirates and many years working with Chip Kelly at the University of Oregon.
Harris and the Indians announced the 2017 Player Development staffs on Tuesday. There are four managers in new spots this season among other changes.
Columbus Clippers (AAA):
- Manager: Chris Tremie
- Pitching Coach: Steve Karsay
- Hitting Coach: Rouglas Odor
- Bench Coach: Jerry Owens*^
- Athletic Trainer: Chad Wolfe
The Clippers will be managed by Chris Tremie for the fifth straight season as he is the only manager that stayed put from 2016. Steve Karsay and Rouglas Odor stay at Huntington Park in the roles from the 2016 season. Jerry Owens joins the Indians organization as the bench coach for the Clippers. Owens played 14 years, including four years in the Major Leagues with the Chicago White Sox. Owens just ended his playing career after time in the Mexican League and other independent leagues.
Akron RubberDucks (AA):
- Manager: Mark Budzinski*
- Pitching Coach: Tony Arnold
- Hitting Coach: Johnny Narron*^
- Bench Coach: Omir Santos*
- Athletic Trainer: Jeremy Heller
The RubberDucks will be managed by a new face for the first time since the 2013 season. Mark Budzinski begins his fourth season with the Indians, as the new manager of the RubberDucks. Budzinski managed the Lynchburg Hillcats for the last two seasons. Tony Arnold remains at Canal Park for his 25th season as an Indians coach. Johnny Narron joins the Indians’ organization after he was the hitting coordinator and hitting coach for the Salt Lake Bees (AAA). Omir Santos was named the bench coach for the ‘Ducks after he served in that role with the Clippers last season.
Lynchburg Hillcats (A+):
- Manager: Tony Mansolino*
- Pitching Coach: Rigo Beltran
- Hitting Coach: Kevin Howard*
- Bench Coach: TBD
- Athletic Trainer: Bobby Ruiz
After making his managerial debut in 2016 with the Lake County Captains, Tony Mansolino moves up to the High-A level as he becomes the manager of the Hillcats. Mansolino replaces Budzinski, who moved up to Akron. Beltran is back in Virginia for his third season with the Hillcats as the pitching coach. Kevin Howard moves to Lynchburg after spending one year with the Captains’ hitting coach.
Lake County Captains (A-):
- Manager: Larry Day*
- Pitching Coach: TBD
- Hitting Coach: Justin Toole*
- Bench Coach: Junior Betances
- Athletic Trainer: Matt Beauregard
Larry Day will man the dugout at Classic Park in 2017 as he will make his managerial debut this season. Day comes back to Lake County after he spent last season as the hitting coach for Lynchburg. Day previously was the hitting coach at Lake County in 2015. Justin Toole, a former Indians’ farmhand, will join the Captains coaching staff after he was the hitting coach with Mahoning Valley last season. Junior Betances will return as the bench coach for the Captains.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers (SS):
- Manager: Luke Carlin*
- Pitching Coach: TBD
- Hitting Coach: Pete Lauritson*^
- Bench Coach: Grant Fink*^
- Athletic Trainer: Jake Legan
Former Major Leaguer Luke Carlin, who spent time in an Indians’ uniform, will be the next manager of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2017. Carlin was an extra coach on the Akron staff last year and will be making his managerial debut in June. He will be joined by two new faces in the Indians’ organization. Pete Lauritson joins the Indians’ organization after he was an assistant coach at Iowa. Prior to Iowa, he was a coach in junior college for 13 years. Grant Fink rejoins the Indians system, this time as a coach. Fink was a minor leaguer for the Tribe for three years prior to him playing independent league baseball and retiring last year.Watch All Girls Weekend (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
Arizona League Indians (Rk):
- Manager: Anthony Medrano
- Hitting Coach: Dennis Malave
- Hitting Coach: Bobby Magallanes
- Pitching Coach: Joe Torres*^
- Athletic Trainer: Ted Blackwell
Medrano remains as the manager in Goodyear for the seventh straight season. Malave returns as the hitting coach for the seventh season and will have Bobby Magallanes as his assistant for the second straight season. Joe Torres is joining the Indians organization after he was the pitching coach at King’s Ridge Christian Academy for the last two years.
*-new to role in 2017
^-new to Indians organization in 2017