Rangers announce minor league field staff

The Texas Rangers announced their minor league field staff for the 2010 season on Thursday afternoon. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at some of the returning coaches and some of the changes that were made.

The Texas Rangers announced the majority of their 2010 minor league field staff on Thursday afternoon.

Roving Instructors

The team of roving instructors will remain in-tact for the 2010 season. The group includes Danny Clark (pitching), Mike Boulanger (hitting), Wayne Kirby (outfield/baserunning), Spike Owen (infield) and Luis Ortiz (hitting).

Mike Micucci, who spent the 2009 season as the manager at Double-A Frisco, becomes the Rangers' minor league field coordinator, a position that was not filled during the 2009 campaign. Former RoughRiders manager Dave Anderson was field coordinator during the '08 season, but he vacated the position after being named the Rangers' third base coach.

The 36-year-old Micucci is widely regarded as one of the top managerial prospects in all of professional baseball. The New Jersey native spent his previous four seasons in the Rangers' organization with Spokane (2006), Clinton (2007, 2008) and Frisco (2009). He led the LumberKings to consecutive playoff appearances before logging an overall 72-68 record with Frisco this past season.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Bobby Jones will return for his tenth season at Triple-A Oklahoma City and his 23rd overall season as a coach or manager in the Texas Rangers' organization. The 60-year-old was the Rangers' first base coach and outfield coordinator in 2006, but he spent the 2002-2005 and 2007-present seasons as the RedHawks' manager.

Jones' staff will remain in-tact for the 2010 season, as both hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh and pitching coach Terry Clark return. Coolbaugh, a native Texan, spent five seasons as a coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization before joining the Rangers in 2006. Clark coached four seasons at Frisco before earning the promotion to Triple-A prior to the '08 season.

Double-A Frisco

Micucci managed Frisco in 2009.
Filling Micucci's spot as RoughRiders manager will be former Rangers third baseman Steve Buechele, who will be in just his second year of managing professional baseball. Buechele's first year was a success, as he helped lead the Bakersfield Blaze to an outstanding second-half turnaround and its first playoff appearance since 2001.

The same coaching staff that finished the 2009 season in Frisco will return for 2010. Pitching coach Jeff Andrews took the reigns after Joe Slusarski was relieved of his duties in late-May. Andrews served as Major League pitching coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008. Brant Brown will be back for his fourth season as a hitting coach in the organization. He has spent two years with Bakersfield and two at Frisco. Brown recently served as a hitting coach for the Arizona Fall League's Surprise Rafters.

High-A Bakersfield

The Rangers have yet to announce a manager for the 2010 Bakersfield Blaze, but one thing is certain–it will be the fourth manager in the last four years for the club. Carlos Subero, Damon Berryhill and Buechele managed the team in the previous three seasons.

Coaches Jason Wood (hitting) and Dave Chavarria (pitching) will return to the Blaze next season. Wood, who played with the Florida Marlins as recently as 2008, will enter just his second season of professional coaching. The 6-foot-7 Chavarria is set to begin his tenth season as a pitching coach in the Texas system, including five with the Blaze.

Single-A Hickory

After three seasons with the rookie-level AZL Rangers, California native Bill Richardson will move up the ranks and manage the Hickory Crawdads in 2010. The 39-year-old coached at various high schools in his native state (San Juan, Del Campo, Bella Vista) before joining the Rangers' organization. Richardson served as hitting instructor of the AZL Rangers in 2007 before managing the club in '08 and '09.

Jason Hart, a hitting instructor for the AZL team this past season, will also make the jump to Hickory. The former Rangers farmhand got into coaching as an assistant with Single-A Clinton in 2008, and he took on a full-time role in rookieball this past summer. Now 32-years-old, Hart finished his minor league career with 174 home runs in 1,001 career games.

Pitching coach Brad Holman returns for his second season with the Crawdads, after he led one of professional baseball's most talented pitching staffs in 2009. The Kansas City native pitched one season (1993) in the Major Leagues for the Seattle Mariners. He has been a minor league pitching coach at various stops since 2002.

Short-season Spokane

The Indians appear to have an incredibly steady coaching staff, particularly for a short-season team. Tim Hulett is set to return for his fourth season as manager of the Rangers' short-season club. Hulett splits his time between the high school and professional levels, as he is also the head coach at Shreveport's Evangel Christian Academy. Hulett and the Eagles took home a Louisiana state championship in 2009. He is the father of former Rangers prospect (and current Red Sox farmhand) Tug Hulett.

Justin Thompson comes back for his second season as the Indians' pitching coach. The former American League All-Star pitched parts of five seasons in the Major Leagues while battling chronic injuries. He played six seasons in the Rangers' organization.

Spokane will welcome in a pair of hitting coaches in Josue Perez and Brian Dayett. A native of Cuba, Perez previously spent two seasons as a hitting instructor with the Dominican Summer League Rangers, one with the AZL Rangers, and one with Spokane. Dayett coached five seasons for the Rangers' Single-A teams (four in Clinton, one in Hickory) between 2005 and 2009. He also coached in the Houston Astros organization for three years.

Rookie-level Arizona Rangers

Tingler was originally drafted by Toronto in 2003.
After an extremely successful three-year run as manager of the DSL Rangers–and the only U.S.-born manager in the Dominican Summer League–Jayce Tingler will return to the States and manage the AZL Rangers in 2010. The former University of Missouri star led his DSL teams to a pair of playoff appearances, including a league-best 47-15 record in 2009. Tingler joined the coaching ranks after batting .299 between Bakersfield and Frisco in 2006. He has been manager of the Rangers' Fall Instructional League team each of the past two years.

Former pitching prospects Ryan O'Malley and Jose Jaimes will instruct the pitchers with the AZL team. The 29-year-old O'Malley pitched in professional baseball as recently as 2008, and he was brought on as a player-coach at Double-A Frisco during the '09 season. He also spent time instructing the Rangers' pitchers in the Dominican Summer League and Arizona Fall League. A former Rangers prospect, Jaimes, 25, logged a 4.35 ERA with the Spokane Indians in 2007. The Venezuela native will enter his third season as a pitching coach on the AZL Rangers' staff.

Hector Ortiz enters his fifth season as a coach in the Rangers' organization, and he will be coaching at his fourth level. Ortiz spent two seasons as a hitting coach for Spokane, one as hitting coach at Oklahoma City, and one (2009) as manager with Hickory. The Puerto Rico native will leave his post with the Crawdads to teach AZL Rangers hitters in 2010. He will be joined by hitting/catching instructor Oscar Benard, who has helped with the Dominican Summer League and Arizona League teams in recent years.

Dominican Summer League Rangers

Kenny Holmberg will take over for Tingler in running the DSL Rangers. The 26-year-old Florida native played four seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers system, posting a .272 average and 34 home runs in 338 career games between the rookie and High-A levels. Holmberg served as an assistant coach for the DSL Rangers during the 2009 campaign.

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