Orioles announce Minor League staffing

The Orioles announced their coaching staff for all eight Minor League affiliates on Thursday afternoon, headed by the return of Triple-A Norfolk’s staff in manager Ron Johnson, pitching coach Mike Griffin, hitting coach Denny Walling and field coach Jose Hernadez.

Brian Graham will continue as the club’s director of player development —his second season in that role— with Rick Peterson returning for his third season as director of pitching development and Jeff Manto joining the organization as Minor League hitting coordinator.

Mark Shires will return for his 15th year as an athletic trainer in the Orioles’ system and his eighth year at Norfolk, with Tides’ strength and conditioning coach Ryo Naito back for a fourth year to round out the Triple-A staff.

Gary Kendall will manage Double-A Bowie for the fourth season, 15th in the organization, with pitching coach Blaine Beatty and field coach Butch Davis also returning to the Baysox. Athletic trainer Aaron Scott returns along with strength and conditioning coach Pat Armstrong.

Luis Pujols, a longtime Major League coach, will move up to manage High-A Frederick after managing the Delmarva Shorebirds last season, Pitching coach Kennie Steenstra returns for his third season with the Keys and his 10th in the organization while hitting coach Torre Tyson will return for his second year as hitting coach. Athletic trainer Pat Wesley and strength and conditioning coach Chris Cecere will also reprise their roles.

Ryan Minor, who managed Frederick last year, will return to Delmarva for the 2014 season. The former Orioles third baseman managed the Shorebirds from 2010-12. Former Oriole Alan Mills moves from Aberdeen to Delmarva in his third season as a pitching coach in the organization, while former Orioles farmhand Paco Figuero will serve as the Shorebirds’ field coach in his first year as a professional coach. Trek Schuler will return as the Shorebirds athletic trainer —where he spent the 2001-03 seasons-while Trevor Howell returns as strength and conditioning coach.

Matt Merullo, who lead Aberdeen to the playoffs in his first year in the organization, will return to his managerial post along with pitching coach Justin Lord, who spent the 2013 season with Delmarva.  Chris Poole will move from the Gulf Coast League to serve as athletic trainer for the IronBirds and Kevin Clark will serve as strength and conditioning coach.

Orlando Gomez returns to manage rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles for a second straight year, with Ramon Sambo (field coach) and Milt May (hitting coach) also returning. Former Major Leaguer Wilson Alvarez will again be pitching coach, with  Greg Svarczkopf athletic trainer.

Elvis Morel and Nelson Norman —who remains the direct of dominican baseball operations— will manage the two Dominican Summer League clubs, along with pitching coaches Robert Perez and Dionis Pascaul and coaches Benny Adames (hitting), Ramon Caraballo (field supervisor), Ramon Lubo (catching) and Ruben Francisco (field coach). Ludovino Marte will serve as athletic trainer.

Orioles Hall of Famer and MASN broadcaster Mike Bordick will be back as a special assignment instructor along with roving instructors Don Werner, Dave Anderson and Scott Beerer.

Scott McGregor returns for a third season as the Sarasota-based rehab coordinator with Dave Schmidt serving as the Florida and Latin America Pitching Administrator.  Felipe Alou, Jr. returns for his seventh year as coordinator of Dominican operations and Len Johnston will serve as administrator for Sarasota operations.

Dave Walker returns for a 12th year as Minor League Medical Coordinator while Ryan Crotin joins the organization full-time as Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Ryan Driscoll returns for his fifth year as Strength and Conditioning Coordinator in Sarasota., while Jake Parker returns for his fifth season as Minor League Equipment Manager.


Orioles lead the Major Leagues in trivial signings. The rotation consists of one quality starter and four back end starters. Hopefully Gausman will be a quality arm, tho with the teams track record, we have to wait and see. there is no Major league leftfielder, despite the Orioles leading the league in of signings. Delmon Young should help. The others are other team castoffs. The second base situation is a debacle. Weeks, Flaherty and Casilla combined are laughable. At this point there is no established closer, and at this point i would give the Oriole front office an F for this off season. This must be laid at the feet of Duquette and the dimwitted owner. It is a shame that Buck Showalter has no one to watch his back. At this point looking for Orioles struggling to finish fourth. I hope i am proven wrong.

An important aspect of this off season is DD sticking to the project at hand: Develop depth and youthful competition according to the plan he embarked upon three years ago. Complimenting the core of the major league roster/line-up is key. DD knows something that any serious fan (and sportswriter) knows: Over a 162 game season, chemistry counts. The players, coaches and management at all levels of the organization have to be on board for the same development plan. The O’s are a young team with great development in progress- especially, despite some impatient fans’ thoughts to the contrary, the pitching rotation. Generally, pitchers take longer to develop rotation worthy expertise, more so than position player development. The O’s are on track.

The people who keep the unsubstantiated screaming that Peter Angeloes and company are too cheap to spend money on good players have very short memories. Remember Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Brian Roberts? Big bucks to good players. And the scouting has improved every year over the last four, much to the benefit of the major league roster. We picked up a few nobodies that turned out quite well. Gonzalez, Chen and Hunter come to mind. Oh yeah. And there is a guy who is a notorious underachiever who came in under the radar. Fella named Chris Davis. Ever heard of him? And it’s interesting to hear so many lament the loss of Nate McClouth after two years. I remember the jeering of the fan commentary pages herein when we picked him up. And for those of you who have had your hearts set on Kendrys Morales becoming the Oriole DH, I applaud the acquisition of Delmon Young. Two years younger than Morales, a better resume, and three more major league level tools- at a much better price. Don’t spend money to get what you don’t need. Good philosophy, I’d say.

you can spin it anyway you want. the Orioles are on track to mediocrity. one bonafide starter in Tillman, others just five inning pitchers. The Oriole pitchers take longer to develop than other teams. Arrieta, Britton and Matusz busts. Hopefully Gausman, if he ever gets into the rotation and Bundy will make a duifference. McLouth is a fourth outfielder at best, failed in Pittsburgh and Atlanta. No one advocating spending money foolishly, but when you need a top of the rotation guy, with all due respect to the inconsistent roation that exists at this point, a bonafide Leftfielder and DH. Young may be ok, but we will see. Hunter big gamble as closer. Hope you are correct with your pie in the sky evauation. Only time will tell.

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