Diamondbacks Announce Minor League Staffs

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have selected managers and coaches for their minor league affiliates for the 2009 season, as announced by D-backs' director of player development A.J. Hinch.

The Reno Aces (AAA) return one of their three staff members from last season's Tucson Sidewinders club as Brett Butler will manage the first-year team. Butler will enter his fifth season in the D-backs' organization and third season as manager after managing Mobile (AA) in 2007 and Lancaster (A) in 2006. Butler also managed the Mets' Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2004. Mike Parrott returns as pitching coach for his eighth season with the D-backs' AAA club and 13th season in the organization. Rick Burleson will serve as hitting coach and will begin his second season in the D-backs organization after spending the 2008 season with Visalia (A).

The Mobile BayBears (AA) will return their entire coaching staff from 2008 as Hector De La Cruz will lead the club for the second straight season after spending the previous three seasons with Visalia (A) and Missoula (A). Jeff Pico will serve as pitching coach for his second straight season with Mobile and will begin his seventh season in the D-backs' system. Turner Ward will return as hitting coach for his second season in the D-backs' organization.

The Visalia Rawhide (A) will once again be led by Mike Bell, his second season with the club and his third season managing in the D-backs' organization. Pitching coach Wellington Cepeda returns to the club for the second straight year and will begin his sixth season in the D-backs' system. Hitting coach Alan Zinter moves up two classifications from Missoula (A) where he had his first career coaching position last year.

The South Bend Silver Hawks (A) will see their entire coaching staff return as manager Mark Haley will be at the helm for his fifth season. Pitching coach Erik Sabel will begin his second season with South Bend, his fifth season in the D-backs' organization. Hitting coach Francisco Morales will also begin his second season with South Bend, his fifth in the D-backs' system after also having coached at the D-backs academy in the Dominican Republic.

The Yakima Bears (A) will be led by Bob Didier for the second straight season, his fourth season the D-backs' system. Dan Carlson will serve as pitching coach for the club for the second straight season and will enter his eighth season in the D-backs' organization. Andy Abad will serve as hitting coach, his first career coaching position.

The Missoula Osprey (A) will be led by Audo Vicente for the second straight season and will enter his fifth season on staff in the D-backs' system. Steve Merriman returns for his third season as pitching coach in the D-backs' organization. Newcomer Jason Hardtke will serve as hitting coach for his first professional coaching position.

Coordinators on the D-backs' player development staff for 2009 include: Jack Howell (field), Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. (pitching), Dave Hansen (hitting), Tony Perezchica (infield), Joel Youngblood (outfield/baserunning), Bill Plummer (catching), Hatuey Mendoza (Latin liaison), P.J. Mainville (medical), Jimmy Southard (assistant medical) and Brett McCabe (strength).

 

  Reno (AAA) Mobile (AA) Visalia (Hi-A) South Bend (Low-A) Yakima (Short-A) Missoula (Rookie)
Manager Brett Butler Hector De La Cruz Mike Bell Mark Haley Bob Didier Audo Vicente
Pitching Coach Mike Parrott Jeff Pico Wellington Cepeda Erik Sabel Dan Carlson Steve Merriman
Hitting Coach Rick Burleson Turner Ward Alan Zinter Francisco Morales Andy Abad Jason Hardtke
Trainer James Ready Ryan DiPanfilo Nick Oldroyd Brian Czachowski Ben Fraser Joseph Metz
Strength/Cond. Brian Melton Josh Cuffe Jason Downing Vaughn Robinson   Jason Mitchell


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