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Rays announce minor league managers, coaches

Posted Dec 16, 2009 by Roger Mooney

Updated Dec 16, 2009 at 05:24 PM

Here is the release:

The Durham Bulls (AAA) return their entire coaching staff. Manager Charlie Montoyo, voted the minor league manager of the year by Baseball America, returns for a fourth season
and his fifth managing in the Rays organization. Pitching Coach Xavier Hernandez is back for a fourth season with Durham and his ninth in the Rays system. Coach Dave Myers will begin his second season since joining the Rays. Trainer Rodger Fleming enters his second season with the Bulls and third with the Rays.

The Montgomery Biscuits (AA) bring back Manager Billy Gardner, Jr. for a fourth season. Bill Moloney has been named pitching coach after serving in the same capacity for Charlotte (A) last season, and begins his fourth season in the Rays system. Coach Ozzie Timmons, a Tampa native and former Rays outfielder, returns to the Biscuits for a second season and his fourth coaching in the Rays organization. Trainer Lee Slagle returns for his second year with Montgomery.

The Charlotte Stone Crabs (A), entering their second year of existence, will again be managed by Tampa native Jim Morrison, who enters his fourth season managing in the Rays system. Pitching Coach Neil Allen joins Charlotte after spending three seasons as pitching coach for Montgomery, and will begin his fourth season with the Rays. Coach Joe Szekely, who begins his sixth season in the Rays organization, and Trainer Chris Tomashoff, who will begin his 15th season with the Rays, will both return.

The Bowling Green Hot Rods (A), who join the Midwest League after competing in the South Atlantic League in their inaugural season, will be managed by Brady Williams. Williams managed Hudson Valley (Short-Season A) in 2009, his first managerial assignment, and now enters his fifth season with the Rays system. Pitching Coach R.C. Lichtenstein will return for a second year and his sixth with the Rays organization. Coach Manny Castillo and Trainer Scott Thurston, who both joined Hudson Valley last season, will remain with Williams as he moves to Bowling Green. Castillo enters his
13th season in the Rays system. Thurston begins his third.

The Hudson Valley Renegades (Short-Season A) will be managed by former Rays infielder Jared Sandberg, who made his managerial debut last season in Princeton (Rookie) and now begins his third year of coaching in the Rays organization. Jack Giese (GEESE-ee) has been named pitching coach, his first professional coaching position. Giese spent the last two seasons as pitching coach and associate head coach at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas. Previously, he held scouting positions with the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds. Coach Reinaldo Ruiz, who was a coach for the GCL Rays in 2009, joins the Renegades for his third season in the Rays system. Trainer Andrew Hauser begins his second season with the Rays after spending 2009 on Sandberg’s staff in Princeton.

The Princeton Rays (Rookie) will be managed by Michael Johns, who begins his first season of managing in only his third season of coaching professionally. Johns, 35, spent the last two seasons as a coach for Hudson Valley after serving four seasons at the head coach at Orange Park (Fla.) High School. The former middle infielder played two seasons in the Colorado Rockies organization. Pitching Coach Marty DeMerritt returns as for his fourth year with Princeton and 10th in the system. Coach Wuarnner Rincones begins his first stateside coaching assignment, after spending the last three
seasons coaching the Venezuelan Summer League Rays, including last season as manager. This will be his 15th season as a coach, instructor or scout. Nick Medina has been named trainer for Princeton.

The Gulf Coast League Rays (Rookie) welcome back Manager Joe Alvarez for a second season and his third in the Rays system. Pitching Coach Darwin Peguero returns for a second season with the GCL Rays and his sixth in the organization. Coach Dan DeMent joins the GCL Rays after spending his first season as a coach with Princeton in 2009. Coach Hector Torres, who spent last season with Bowling Green, joins the GCL Rays for his sixth year in the Rays system. Trainer Jorge Vargas will return as he begins his second season in the organization.

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