Tuesday, December 1, 2015

After Twins' top prospects take a step back, heads roll in AAA

Today the Minnesota Twins' affiliates announced their new coaching staff.   One of the surprising and uncharacteristic moves (after a 77-67 season) was that the AAA Rochester Red Wings' Pitching, Hitting and Strength & Conditioning Coaches were fired and replaced.   This comes after a season in which young top talent such as Alex Meyer, Oswaldo Arcia and Josmil Pinto took a definite step back in AAA without getting appropriate help.  One could add Taylor Rogers and Eddie Rosario to the list who both dramatically under-performed in comparison with their results in the AFL and MLB respectably.    In detail Pitching Coach Marty Mason  was replaced by Stu Cliburn, Hitting Coach Tim Doherty was replaced by Chad Allen, and Strength & Conditioning Coach Tyler Donahue was replaced by Dax Fiore.

Congratulations to the Twins for holding their Coaches accountable for talent development.  These changes, all within the organization, resulted in a series of additional changes.   Here is a detailed list of the full season leagues coaching staff for 2016 and 2015 (Rookie Leagues coaching staff has not been announced yet) :

Rochester Red Wings (AAA - International League)

Previous:

Manager - Mike Quade 
Pitching Coach - Marty Mason 
Hitting Coach - Tim Doherty
Trainer - Larry Bennese
Strength - Tyler Donahue

New:

Manager - Mike Quade
Pitching Coach - Stu Cliburn
Hitting Coach - Chad Allen
Trainer - Larry Bennese
Strength - Dax Fiore



Chatanooga Lookouts (AA - Southern League)

Previous:

Manager - Doug Mientkiewicz
Pitching Coach - Stu Cliburn
Hitting Coach - Chad Allen


New:

Manager -  Doug Mientkiewicz
Pitching Coach - Ivan Arteaga
Hitting Coach - Tommy Watkins 


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Fort Myers Miracle (A+, Florida State League)

Previous:

Manager - Jeff Smith
Pitching Coach - Ivan Arteaga
Hitting Coach - Jim Dwyer

New:

Manager - Jeff Smith
Pitching Coach - Henry Bonilla 
Hitting Coach - Jim Dwyer

Cedar Rapids Kernels (A, Midwest League)

Previous:

Manager - Jake Mauer
Pitching Coach - Henry Bonilla 
Hitting Coach - Tommy Watkins 

New:

Manager - Jake Mauer
Pitching Coach - J.P. Martinez
Hitting Coach -  Brian Dinkelman

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