Padres announce minor league coaching staff's

SAN DIEGO, CA - The San Diego Padres today announced the staffs for their minor league affiliates as well as the club's roving instructors for the 2009 season.

Randy Ready returns for his second season at the helm of the Triple-A Portland Beavers. In his first season Ready led the Beavers to a 70-74 record and was named the Pacific Coast League's "Best Manager Prospect" by Baseball America in their annual "Best Tools Survey." Prior to joining the Beavers, Ready led Double-A San Antonio to the Texas League Championship in 2007. In addition, he served as manager of the Padres Single-A Midwest League affiliate in Fort Wayne from 2004-06, leading the Wizards to a 208-209 record (.499), including a playoff berth in 2006. Glenn Abbott enters his fourth season in the Padres organization and second as pitching coach at Portland. Max Venable returns as hitting coach for a second season, his fifth year in the Padres system overall. Wade Yamasaki makes the move from San Antonio to serve as athletic trainer in his 10th season in the Padres organization.

Terry Kennedy takes over as manager at Double-A San Antonio, after serving as the Missions hitting coach in 2008. The former All-Star catcher for the Padres previously managed the San Diego Surf Dawgs of the Golden Baseball League in 2005, earning Manager of the Year honors in the league's inaugural season. He also spent six seasons as a minor league manager with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2004), Chicago Cubs (1997-99), Montreal Expos (1994) and St. Louis Cardinals (1993) organizations. Steve Webber returns for his second season as pitching coach after making the move from Single-A Lake Elsinore prior to last season. Orv Franchuk takes over for Kennedy as hitting coach at San Antonio in his first season in the Padres organization. He previously served two seasons as minor league hitting coordinator in the Houston Astros system (2007-08) after spending four seasons in the same role for the Boston Red Sox (2003-06). JoJo Tarantino moves from Fort Wayne to San Antonio to serve as athletic trainer in his seventh season with the Padres.

Carlos Lezcano returns for his third season as manager of Single-A Lake Elsinore, after leading the Storm to back-to-back playoff appearances in the California League in 2007 and 2008. Lezcano also managed San Diego's Rookie level affiliate from 2003-06, and enters his 17th season as a minor league manager. Lezcano is joined by pitching coach Dave Rajsich, who joins the Storm after serving in the same position for Short-A Eugene in 2008. Rajsich enters his 10th season overall in the Padres organization. Shane Spencer returns for his second season as the Lake Elsinore hitting coach, while Will Sinon comes back for his third campaign as the Storm's athletic trainer and 12th in the Padres organization.

Doug Dascenzo returns for his third season as manager of the Single-A Fort Wayne TinCaps in 2009. Dascenzo's Fort Wayne club posted a 71-69 record in 2008. He enters his 11th year in San Diego's minor league system and fourth as a manager. He also led the Short-A Eugene Emeralds to a 43-33 (.566), second-place finish in the Northwest League's West Division in 2006. Pitching coach Tom Bradley returns for his second straight season, and third overall, as Fort Wayne's pitching coach. Tom Tornincasa returns for his second season as hitting coach after holding the same title at Double-A San Antonio in 2007. He was formerly the hitting coach at Fort Wayne from 2001-04 and is in his 10th season in the Padres organization. Ernesto Vega, Jr. joins the TinCaps for his first season as athletic trainer after serving in the same role for the Arizona League Padres from 2007-08.

Short-A Eugene is managed by Greg Riddoch, who returns to the Emeralds for his third season. Riddoch has been in professional baseball since 1967, including eight seasons in San Diego's organization. He served as manager of the Padres over parts of the 1990-92 seasons. Bronswell Patrick makes the move from Peoria to Eugene to serve as pitching coach in his second season in the Padres organization. Eric Peyton begins his first full season as hitting coach after taking over the position June 9, 2008. Nathan Stewart continues for a fourth season with the Padres as the Emeralds athletic trainer.

Jose Flores returns for his second season as the manager for the Rookie-level Peoria Padres in 2009, after leading the team to a 33-23 record last season. Flores also served as a hitting coach for Short-A Eugene in 2007. He is joined by first-time pitching coach Jimmy Jones. An eight-year Major League veteran, Jones spent 14 seasons in professional baseball including two years with the Tokyo Giants (1994-95). Bob Skube returns for his second season as hitting coach and his third season in the Padres system.

Evaristo Lantigua remains Coordinator Latin America Instruction/Field Manager of the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Padres. Lantigua enters his third season with the Padres organization after serving as manager of the Oakland A's Dominican Summer League team for 12 seasons. Jose Amancio enters his second season as the DSL Padres pitching coach, while Carlos Hernandez will be in his first season in the same position. Jose Mateo and Christian Reyes return as coaches.

San Diego's minor league roving instructors for 2009 will consist of Field Coordinator Tom Gamboa, Pitching Coordinator Mike Couchee, Hitting Coordinator Tony Muser, Infield/Baserunning Coordinator Gary Jones, Roving Catching Instructor Duffy Dyer, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Dan Morrison, Rehab Coordinator Matt Neiberg and Trainer Coordinator Matt Wilson.


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