Oakland A's Name Minor League Coaches

The Oakland A's announced the minor league coaching staffs on Wednesday. We have the details inside.

On Wednesday, the Oakland A's announced the coaching staffs for all of their affiliates.

Triple-A Sacramento

The Sacramento River Cats will return their entire coaching staff from the 2006 season. Manager Tony DeFrancesco will begin his fifth season as the River Cats manager. He has won the PCL South Division crown in three of his four previous seasons. He will be joined once again by pitching coach Rick Rodriguez and hitting coach Brian McArn. Trainer Walt Horn will also return.

Double-A Midland

Todd Steverson, who was the manager of the High-A Stockton Ports for the past two seasons, will have an opportunity at a new level this season as the manager of the Midland Rockhounds. Steverson will be joined in Midland by former Ports pitching coach Scott Emerson. Webster Garrison returns to Midland as the hitting coach. Von Hayes had served as the Midland manager for each of the past two seasons, winning the Texas League crown in 2005 and making the playoffs in 2006. Steverson reached the playoffs in each of his two seasons at Stockton.

High-A Stockton

Darren Bush, who had served as the Stockton Ports' hitting coach for the past two seasons, has been promoted to manager, replacing Steverson. Bush spent three seasons coaching in the Independent Leagues before joining Stockton as a hitting coach in 2005. He will be joined by pitching coach Garvin Alston and hitting coach Tim Garland. Both coaches were part of the Low-A Kane County staff last season.

Low-A Kane County

Aaron Nieckula returns to Kane County for his second season as the Cougars' manager. He took the Cougars to the league championship series in 2006 in his rookie managerial season. He will be joined by two new coaches: pitching coach Don Schulze and hitting coach Ben Winslow. Schultze served as a coach on the A's Rookie League team in 2006. Winslow, a former A's farmhand, spent last season as the Vancouver Canadians' hitting coach. Justin Whitehouse returns as the Cougars athletic trainer.

Short-Season A-Vancouver

Manager Rick Magnante and pitching coach Craig Lefferts return to Vancouver for a second straight season. Magnante, a long-time A's scout, made his managerial debut last season. Lefferts, the former major league reliever, has received praise for his work with the A's short-season hurlers and has overseen the development of some impressive pitching staffs during his time in Vancouver. The hitting coach has yet to be named. Benny Winslow served as Vancouver's hitting coach last season and he was promoted to Kane County.

Rookie League A's

Reuben Escalera returns as manager of the A's Rookie League club. He is joined by Jimmy Escalante, the team's new pitching coach, and Marcus Jensen, the team's hitting Coach.

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