The Milwaukee Brewers today announced their Minor League coaching staffs for the 2016 season. In addition, the team announced several changes to the team’s Player Development department.
Eduardo Brizuela has been promoted to assistant farm director after spending the previous three years as director of Latin America scouting and operations. In his new role, Brizuela will be based out of the Brewers Maryvale, Arizona complex year-round.
In addition to his duties as Assistant to Director, Player Development, Tony Diggs will add the title of roving outfield coordinator. Diggs will continue his role as manager as well, but will move from Rookie Helena to Rookie Arizona. This marks his return to the team that he managed from 2008-12, which included an Arizona League championship in 2010.
The entire coaching staff at Triple-A Colorado Springs will return for a second straight season. The team will be managed by Rick Sweet and will be joined by Pitching Coach Fred Dabney, Coach Bob Skube, Athletic Trainer Aaron Hoback and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Andrew Emmick.
The Double-A Biloxi Shuckers, who advanced to the Southern League Championship Series in their first year of play, will have a new manager. Former Brewers First Base Coach Mike Guerrero will lead the Shuckers in 2016. This marks his return to the Double-A level, where he served as manager of the Huntsville Stars from 2010-11. Pitching Coach Chris Hook, Coach Sandy Guerrero, Athletic Trainer Steve Patera and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Nate Dinewill all return to the staff.
Joe Ayrault returns for his fifth season as manager of the Class-A Brevard County Manatees. He is joined by Pitching Coach David Chavarria, Coach Ned Yost IV, Athletic Trainer Tommy Craig and Strength and Conditioning SpecialistJonah Mergen, who are all returning. Edwin Maysonet joins the staff as the newest coach. He retired from playing at the end of last season after spending 12 seasons in the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers systems. Maysonet reached the Major Leagues in 2008 and 2009 with the Astros and played 30 games for the Brewers in 2012.
There will be three new members on the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers staff next season. Manager Matt Erickson will return for his sixth season along with Pitching Coach Gary Lucas, Coach Chuckie Caufield and Athletic TrainerJeff Paxson. Coach Al Leboeuf moves from the Rookie Arizona Brewers to take the same position with the Timber Rattlers. Ben Mendelson joins the T-Rats as the strength & conditioning specialist. He previously served in the same role with the Arizona League Brewers last year.
The Helena Brewers will feature an entirely new staff in 2016. The team will be led by Manager Nestor Corredor, who served as the Arizona Brewers Manager last season. He is joined by Pitching Coach Mark Dewey, who also serves as the Brewers assistant pitching coordinator, and Coach Liu Rodriguez, who served as coach for Wisconsin in 2015. Reggie Williams joins the staff as a coach after serving in the same role for Brevard County last year. Jeff Bodenhamerwill become the team’s athletic trainer. This will be his first season with the Brewers after spending the previous 11 seasons in the Texas Rangers organization. Alistair Matthews rounds out the staff as the strength and conditioning specialist. He served in the same role with the DSL Brewers in 2015.
Rolando Valles and Steve Cline will join Tony Diggs’ staff as pitching coaches at Rookie Arizona. Valles joins the Arizona crew in Maryvale as pitching coach after serving in the same position with Helena last season, while Cline will return for his 16th season with the team. The team will feature Coach Hainley Statia, who joins the team after retiring from playing following last season. Statia played 10 seasons professionally with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Brewers. Matt Deal has been named the Arizona Brewers athletic trainer. Deal spent the 2015 season with the DSL Brewers and was an athletic training intern with the Major League club in 2014.
Victor Estevez moves from coach to manager and will lead the DSL Brewers in 2016. He is flanked by Pitching Coach Geraldo Obispo and returning Coaches Luis de los Santos and Joan Abreu. Jose Pena will move from manager to coach. Alex Mena returns as the team’s athletic trainer for the second straight season and will be joined by new Strength and Conditioning Specialist Sam Hoffman.
The complete Minor League coaching staffs are listed below (new staff members/assignments are in bold):
The complete Minor League coaching staffs are listed below (new staff members are in bold):
COLORADO SPRINGS SKY SOX (AAA)
Pitching Coach – Fred Dabney
Coach – Bob Skube
Athletic Trainer – Aaron Hoback
Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Andrew Emmick
BILOXI SHUCKERS (AA)
Pitching Coach – Chris Hook
Coach – Sandy Guerrero
Athletic Trainer – Steve Patera
Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Nate Dine
BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES (A)
Pitching Coach – David Chavarria
Coach – Ned Yost IV
Coach – Edwin Maysonet
Athletic Trainer – Tommy Craig
Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Jonah Mergen
WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS (A)
Pitching Coach – Gary Lucas
Coach – Chuckie Caufield
Coach – Al LeBoeuf
Athletic Trainer – Jeff Paxson
Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Ben Mendelson
HELENA BREWERS (R)
Pitching Coach – Mark Dewey
Coach – Liu Rodriguez
Coach – Reggie Williams
Athletic Trainer – Jeff Bodenhamer
Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Alistair Matthews
ARIZONA BREWERS (R)
Manager – Tony Diggs
Pitching Coach – Steve Cline
Pitching Coach – Rolando Valles
Coach – Hainley Statia
Athletic Trainer – Matt Deal
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BREWERS (R)
Manager – Victor Estevez
Pitching Coach – Geraldo Obispo
Coach – Luis De Los Santos
Coach – Jose Peña
Coach – Joan Abreu
Athletic Trainer – Alex Mena
Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Sam Hoffman
Coordinator – Manuel Vargas