Minor League Pitchers and Catchers Report

As the pitchers and catchers in the Dodger minor league system gathered for their first day on the practice fields of Dodgertown, the faces that greeted them were mostly familar although some have assumed different roles.

Terry Collins returns as field coordinator but this year will have an assistant, longtime Dodger system veteran John Shoemaker who managed Las Vegas last season.

To replace Shoemaker in that role , former major league catcher Terry Kennedy joins the organization to lead the 51's. His pitching coach there will be Roger McDowell, moved up from South Georgia while George Hendrick returns as batting coach. Hendrick started last year in that capacity but was moved up to the Dodgers at mid-season replacing Jack Clark.
Dino Ebel is once again slated to manage Jacksonville with Marty Reed back as pitching coach. Former Dodger Mariano Duncan , promoted from the Gulf Coast entry, will be the batting coach for the Southern League affiliate. Scot Little starts his secpond year as manager of Vero Beach with Ken Howell back to work with the pitchers. Former Vero manager Juan Bustabad iis back with that team as batting coach.
The Dodger entry in the South Atlantic League returns to the same city for the first time in three years albeit with a different name. Formerly the South Georgia Waves, it's now known as the Columbus (Ga.) Catfish. The manager though is the same -- Dann Bilardello. His coaches are Shawn Barton , whjo was at Las Vegas last year, for the pitchers and Garey Ingram, a Columbus native , for the hitters.
The organizational instructors remain the same with Mark Brewer and Rick Honeycutt corodinating the pitching and Bob Mariano tutoring the hitters.
A total of 76 pitchers and 10 catchers reported for the first day. Position players report March 11.