Mariners 2012 Minor League Coaches

In the last bit of in-house work in advance of the Winter Meetings kick off next Monday in Dallas, the Mariners announced the coaching assignments for their minor league affiliates for 2012 today.

The Seattle Mariners announced their 2012 minor league coaching assignments today with minimal changes. With a new Head of Player Development on board in Chris Gwynn, the low turnover is a good sign that everyone in the front office is in agreement in feeling that the right people are already on board.

Of course, last season's PD lead--Pedro Grifol--is one of the changes as he has returned to his love and re-entered the coaching ranks (previously coached in Everett from 2003-2005), this time as the field general for the High Desert Mavericks in the California League.

Camano Island resident Andy Bottin is returning to coach in Everett after spending the last 10 seasons in Arizona. These shifts up and down should not really be seen as promotions or demotions, if a club is unhappy with a coach, they just wont ask him back. We'll understand the 'why' on these moves when minor league player assignments are announced in a few months, but one thing that I think we can read into with a top prospect is that Jose Campos will likely head to Low-A Clinton where he will again team up with pitching coach Andrew Lorraine. Lorraine made great strides with Campos' advancement in 2011 in Everett, so it makes sense to keep that pair together by moving them up together.

There are a lot of names to know here, but instead of taking way too much time and going into them each individually, here is the entire rundown by team:

Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers (Pacific Coast League):
Manager - Darren Brown
Hitting Coach - TBD
Pitching Coach - Dwight Bernard

Double-A Jackson Generals (Southern League):
Manager - Jim Pankovits
Hitting Coach - Cory Snyder
Pitching Coach - Lance Painter

High-A High Desert Mavericks (California League):
Manager - Pedro Grifol
Hitting Coach - Roy Howell
Pitching Coach - Tom Dettore

Low-A Clinton LumberKings (Midwest League):
Manager - Eddie Menchaca
Hitting Coach - Tommy Cruz
Pitching Coach - Andrew Lorraine

Short Season Everett AquaSox (Northwest League):
Manager - Rob Mummau
Hitting Coach - Andy Bottin
Pitching Coach - Rich Dorman

Short Season Pulaski Mariners (Appalachian League):
Manager - Jose Moreno
Hitting Coach - Rafael Santo Domingo
Pitching Coach - Nasusel Cabrera

Rookie Arizona League Mariners:
Manager - Mike Kinkade
Hitting Coach - Scott Steinmann
Pitching Coach - Brent Johnson

Rookie Dominican League Mariners:
Manager - Claudio Almonte
Hitting Coach - Franklin Gerez & Manelik Pimentel
Pitching Coach - Danielin Acevedo

Rookie Venezuelan League Mariners:
Manager - Russell Vasquez
Hitting Coach - Jose Umbria & Estuar Ruiz
Pitching Coach - Carlos Hernandez

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