St. Louis Cardinals press release
St. Louis Cardinals’ Sr. Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak today announced several staff promotions and new hires within the team’s Baseball Operations and Scouting Departments.
Among those earning promotions include Ron Pop Warner, who has been elevated to Assistant Field Coordinator; Dane Sorensen, who takes the position of Director of Baseball Development and Jeremy Cohen, promoted to Director of Baseball Analysis and Systems.
Also earning promotions within the Baseball Operations staff are Patrick Casanta to Manager, Baseball Systems and Erick Almonte to Palm Beach Cardinals (A) Hitting Coach.
The team also announced the following new hires:
Brandon Allen – Johnson City Cardinals (R) Hitting Coach
Joshua Lopez – Peoria Chiefs (A) 4th Coach
Aaron Klinec – Springfield Cardinals (AA) 4th Coach
Adrian Martin – Memphis Redbirds (AAA) 4th Coach
Emily Wiebe – Baseball Operations Fellow
Travis Tartamella – Minor League Catching Instructor
Rick Strickland – Minor League Hitting Consultant
Mauricio Rubio – Northwest Amateur Area Scout
Brian Walton’s take
Warner, who spent 11 years managing in the organization, continues to work closely with Field Coordinator Mark DeJohn. Warner had been minor league infield coordinator the past two years.
The hitting coach changes summarized above had been previously announced – the move of Almonte from the Dominican Summer League to Palm Beach for 2017 and the external hiring of Allen to replace new Johnson City manager Roberto Espinoza.
Tartamella's name should be familiar as the 29-year-old was a catcher in the system for 10 years, briefly reaching St. Louis in 2015.
The identities of the “fourth coaches” are new. The three individuals will work as coaches prior to minor league games and as scouts during the contests. These are considered developmental jobs leading to entry-level coaching or scouting roles in the future. Palm Beach always had a fourth coach in the past as did State College in 2016, so perhaps further additions will be announced later.
Strickland is expected to be working under minor league hitting coordinator George Greer. The “swing specialist” is a St. Louis-based coach and teacher and scout for the New York Mets.
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