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Indians realign minor league coaching assignments for 2017

With spring training fast approaching, the Cleveland Indians have officially released their staff assignments for the 2017 Player Development System. The IBI's John Alfes has the latest news found within the Tribe's pipeline...

2016's crop of minor league prospects yielded quite the return.

Not only did the Double-A Akron RubberDucks prosper and convincingly sweep the Eastern League Championship, but a package of upper-tier prospects including Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield were dealt for Andrew Miller, the centerpiece of the Cleveland Indians World Series run.

The coaching staffs at each respective minor league level certainly can be attributed to this success.

The Tribe announced a bevy of moves relative to their 2017 Player Development System on Tuesday early afternoon.

Headlining the day's news was the likes of Chris Tremie (Columbus Clippers manager), Mark Budzinski (Akron RubberDucks manager), Tony Mansolino (Lynchburg Hillcats manager), Larry Day (Lake County Captains manager) and Luke Carlin (Mahoning Valley Scrappers manager).

Formerly acting as the manager for the RubberDucks, David Wallace will make the transition to Special Assignment Coordinator. Wallace was named Baseball America's 2016 Minor League Manager of the Year last December.

Tremie is primed for a fifth season with Columbus and will be assisted by Steve Karsay (pitching coach), Rouglas Odor (hitting coach), Jerry Owens (bench coach) and Chad Wolfe (athletic trainer). Owens is the lone newcomer to the staff after serving a 14-year professional baseball tenure highlighted by 129 games with the Chicago White Sox from 2006-09. The speedy outfielder has 185 minor league stolen bases but hung up the spikes at the conclusion of 2016's Mexican League campaign.

Budzinski earned the deserving promotion from Lynchburg to Akron courtesy of a first place regular season record of 84-56 and a berth in the Mills Cup Championship Series. He will be joined by Tony Arnold (pitching coach), Johnny Narron (hitting coach), Omir Santos (catcher) and Jeremy Heller (athletic trainer). Narron will make the long trek across the country for his new position after spending the past two years as the hitting coordinator and Triple-A hitting coach within the Los Angeles Angels organization. 

Similar to Budzinski, Mansolino will bump up from Lake County to Lynchburg thanks to a season that featured the in-season promotions and development of Thomas Pannone, Tyler Krieger, Francisco Mejia, Jared Robinson, David Armendariz and Connor Marabell. Alongside Mansolino will be Rigo Beltran (pitching coach), Kevin Howard (hitting coach) and Bobby Ruiz (athletic trainer). The bench coach for the Hillcats has yet to be determined.

Day will get his first taste of a managerial role after previously serving as the hitting coach for Lynchburg and Mahoning Valley. A pitching coach for the Captains has not been named, but Justin Toole (hitting coach), Junior Betances (bench coach) and Matt Beauregard (athletic trainer) will assist Day in 2017.

Carlin has been tabbed to manage Mahoning Valley with experience as a minor and major league catcher from 2002-2015. The name might ring a bell for Indians fans due to Carlin's brief stint with the club in 2010 and 2012. The 36-year-old's coaching staff consists of Pete Lauritson (hitting coach), Grant Fink (bench coach) and Jake Legan (athletic trainer). Fink spent three years in the Tribe's farm system prior to a one-year tenure in the Frontier League in 2016.

Other noteworthy transactions and fresh faces include Matt Blake (Assistant Director of Player Development), Todd Kubacki (performance coordinator) and Joe Torres (Arizona League Indians pitching coach).

As provided by the organization, the full list of 2017 assignments can be found below...

Director, Player Development: James Harris

Asst. Dir., Player Development: Alex Eckelman

Asst. Dir., Player Development: Matt Blake

Director, Administration: Wendy Hoppel

Administrative Asst.: Nilda Taffanelli



Field Coordinator: Tom Wiedenbauer

Asst. Field Coordinator: Julio Rangel

Performance Coordinator: Todd Kubacki

Pitching Coordinator: Ruben Niebla

Lower-Level Pitching Coord: Mark Allen

Hitting Coordinator: Jim Rickon

Infield Coordinator: John McDonald

Cultural Development: Bruce Chen

Pitching Programs & Rehab: Ken Knutson

Strength & Conditioning: Ed Subel

Rehab Coordinator: Andrew Pipken

Latin American S & C: Nelson Perez

Performance Coach: Ceci Clark

Performance Coach: Brian Miles

Performance Coach: Oscar Gutierrez

Special Assignment: David Wallace

Special Assistant: Travis Fryman

Special Assistant: Robby Thompson

Advisor: Johnny Goryl

Advisor:  Minnie Mendoza

Advisor: Tim Tolman

Affiliate S & C Staff: Juan Acevado

Affiliate S & C Staff: Scott Nealon

Affiliate S & C Staff: Paul Synenkj

Affiliate S & C Staff: Hasani Torres  



Manager: Chris Tremie

Pitching Coach: Steve Karsay

Hitting Coach: Rouglas Odor

Bench Coach: Jerry Owens

Athletic Trainer: Chad Wolfe



Manager: Mark Budzinski 

Pitching Coach: Tony Arnold

Hitting Coach: Johnny Narron

Bench Coach: Omir Santos

Athletic Trainer: Jeremy Heller



Manager: Tony Mansolino

Pitching Coach: Rigo Beltran

Hitting Coach: Kevin Howard

Bench Coach: TBD

Athletic Trainer: Bobby Ruiz 



Manager: Larry Day

Pitching Coach: TBD

Hitting Coach: Justin Toole

Bench Coach: Junior Betances

Athletic Trainer: Matt Beauregard


Manager: Luke Carlin

Pitching Coach: TBD

Hitting Coach: Pete Lauritson

Bench Coach: Grant Fink

Athletic Trainer: Jake Legan


Manager: Anthony Medrano

Pitching Coach: Joe Torres 

Hitting Coach: Dennis Malave

Hitting Coach: Bobby Magallanes

Athletic Trainer: Ted Blackwell


Field Coordinator: Jose Mejia

Pitching Coach: Jesus Sanchez

Pitching Coach: Carlos Jan

Hitting Coach: Freddy Tiburcio

Infield Coach: Carlos Fermin

OF/Baserunning Coach: Jesus Tavarez

Tryout Coach: Reyful Moreno

Strength & Conditioning: Moises Cuevas

S & C Assistant: Fernando Cabral

Athletic Trainers: Gabriel & Edwin Garcia

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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