Tigers Announce '15 Minor League Field Staffs

On Tuesday, the Tigers in conjunction with their various minor league affiliates announced who the coaching staffs would be on the field in 2015. For the most part, most staffs are returning in full, including all four full season managers returning, but there are a few notable changes among the rest of the staffs.

Below are each of the 2015 field staffs for each minor league club, along with notes for each full season group.

Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens 2015 Field Staff
Manager: Larry Parrish
Hitting Coach: Leon “Bull” Durham
Pitching Coach: Mike Maroth
Trainer: Chris McDonald
Notes: The Tigers elected not to bring back Al Nipper, who was the staff’s pitching coach last season, and to replace him have promoted Maroth, who was the pitching coach in Lakeland the past three seasons. Durham and Parrish both return in their same roles, with Durham heading into his 14th year with the club, while Parrish holds the title of being Toledo’s winningest manager in history and returns for his second season, now in his second stint with the club.

Double-A Erie Seawolves 2015 Field Staff
Manager: Lance Parrish
Hitting Coach: Gerald Perry
Pitching Coach: Mike Henneman
Trainer: TJ Saunders
Notes: Henneman replaces Jaime Garcia, who spent two years as the club’s pitching coach – Garcia will take over as the pitching coach in the GCL. Henneman briefly left the organization earlier in the fall, but decided to return after the promotion opportunity was offered to take over in Erie. Meanwhile Perry and Parrish both return. Parrish is in his second season managing the club, and also got an additional assignment this fall, leading the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.

High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers 2015 Field Staff
Manager: Dave Huppert
Hitting Coach: Nelson Santovenia
Pitching Coach: Jorge Cordova
Trainer: Jason Schwartzman
Notes: After having to take a leave of absence midway through the 2014 season due to health issues, Huppert returns to lead the club in 2015. He’ll have a new hitting coach and pitching coach, as Santovenia joins the team after working as West Michigan’s hitting coach last year, and Cordova joins the staff after having served the organization for several years, including in Connecticut and Venezuela.

Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps 2015 Field Staff
Manager: Andrew Graham
Hitting Coach: Phil Clark
Pitching Coach: Mark Johnson
Trainer: TJ Obergefell
Notes: Graham returns to manage the Whitecaps, his second year with the club after previously managing in Connecticut. Johnson served as the Whitecaps pitching coach for five seasons before spending the last two years in Connecticut. Clark is a newcomer both to the ‘Caps and the Tigers, a former player in the org and previously coached with the Indians.

Short Season-A Connecticut Tigers 2015 Field Staff
Manager: Mike Rabelo
Hitting Coach: Scott Dwyer
Pitching Coach: Carlos Chantres

Rookie GCL Tigers 2015 Field Staff
Manager: Basilio Cabrera
Hitting Coach: Edgar Alfonzo
Pitching Coach: Jaime Garcia

Rookie DSL Tigers 2015 Field Staff
Manager: Rafael Martinez
Hitting Coach: Ramon Zapata
Pitching Coach: Jose Parra

Rookie VSL Tigers 2015 Field Staff
Manager: Rafael Gil
Hitting Coach: Josman Robles
Pitching Coach: Carlos Bohorquez

Roving 2015 Field Staff
Catching Coordinator: Joe DePastino
Hitting Coordinator: Bruce Fields
Pitching Coordinator: AJ Sager
Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator: Gene Roof
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator: Steve Chase
Infield Coordinator: Scott Fletcher
Performance Enhancement Instructor: Brian Peterson
Performance Coach: Dr. George Carlo


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