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Detroit Tigers Announce 2016 MiLB Coaching Staffs

The Tigers on Wednesday announced the coaching staffs for the minor league clubs for 2016. In addition to the return to the organization of Lloyd McClendon in Toledo, there are a handful of new members to coaching staffs, including a couple of familiar names to Tigers fans. Meanwhile, the player development staff remained largely intact this season.

The Toledo staff received the biggest shakeup, with Lloyd McClendon taking over for the retired Larry Parrish, as well as Jeff Pico being named the team's pitching coach.

Elsewhere, the Tigers have brought former Tigers pitcher Willie Blair in as the pitching coach for the Erie SeaWolves, long-time Tigers farm hand and minor league home run king Mike Hessman will take over as the hitting coach in Connecticut, and Nick Avila, former minor league reliever, area scout and nephew of general manager Al Avila, will take over as the GCL Tigers pitching coach.

In addition, the Tigers have hired Ace Adams to serve as Connecticut's pitching coach. 

Full team staffs below:

Toledo Erie Lakeland West Michigan Connecticut GCL Tigers
Manager Lloyd McClendon Lance Parrish Dave Huppert Andrew Graham Mike Rabelo Basilio Cabrera
Pitching Coach Jeff Pico Willie Blair Jorge Cordova Mark Johnson Ace Adams Nick Avila
Hitting Coach Leon "Bull" Durham Phil Clark Nelson Santovenia Edgar Alfonzo Mike Hessman Josman Robles/German Geigel
Trainer Chris McDonald TJ Saunders Jason Schwartzman TJ Obergefell Chris Vick Jarad Branski
S&C Coach Fred Murphy Dave Snedden Jeff Mathers

On the player development side, the staff remains intact, with Dave Owen returning as director of player development, and all key roving instructors returning in their same roles. The lone shift is that Jaime Garcia, who previously served as the GCL Tigers pitching coach, will now act as the extended spring training and rehab pitching coach. Full staff below:

Director, Player Development Dave Owen
Minor League Field Coordinator Bill Dancy
Director, LatAm Player Dev Manny Crespo
Infield Coordinator Scott Fletcher
Catching Coordinator Joe DePastino
Hitting Coordinator Bruce Fields
Pitching Coordinator AJ Sager
Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator Gene Roof
EST/Rehab Pitching Coach Jaime Garcia
Performance Enhancement Instructor Brian Peterson
Performance Coach Dr. George Carlo
International Player Program Coordinator Sharon Lockwood
Medical Coordinator Corey Tremble
International Medical Coordinator Steve Melendez
S&C Coordinator Steve Chase

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