The Angels today named their minor league development and coaching staffs for the 2011 season in an announcement by Director of Player Development Abe Flores.
The Angels, who return to single-A Cedar Rapids for the 19th season (the longest tenure of any Angels' affiliate), begin their 11th season with two other affiliates (triple-A Salt Lake and double-A Arkansas) and their seventh with the Orem Owlz, the club's rookie-level affiliate in the Pioneer League. The Angels begin a high-A partnership in 2011 with the Inland Empire 66ers and will again field rookie teams in the Arizona League (at the Tempe minor league complex since 2006) and the Dominican Summer League (in San Pedro de Macoris).
Keith Johnson, who guided Rancho Cucamonga to the Cal League Championship series in 2010, will take over as the manager at Salt Lake; Bill Mosiello will manage Arkansas after leading Cedar Rapids to an 82-56 mark in 2010; Tom Gamboa returns to the Angels' organization and will pilot the Inland Empire 66ers, the club's new affiliate in the Cal League; Brenton Del Chiaro assumes the managerial role at Cedar Rapids after serving as the club's hitting coach in 2010; Tom Kotchman, who has the longest tenure of any Angels' manager (29 seasons), will once again guide Orem in the Pioneer League where he has won four titles in the last seven seasons (2004-05-07-09); Tyrone "Ty" Boykin, who has managed 10 seasons in the Angels' organization, returns for his fifth stint at Tempe and longtime Angel Charlie Romero, who oversees the Angels' Dominican Complex and has been a part of the Angels' organization for the last 23 seasons, begins his 14th season as the manager of the Angels' Dominican Summer League team.
The Angels' minor league roving staff for 2011 is as follows: Bobby Mitchell, who managed Salt Lake in 2010, will be the Angels' roving outfield/ baserunning & bunting coordinator; Kernan Ronan, a longtime pitching coach in the Angels' farm system, returns for his fourth season as the roving pitching coordinator; Todd Takayoshi, enters his third campaign as field coordinator and his fifth year as the roving hitting coordinator; Orlando Mercado, who served as the Angels' bullpen coach for the previous eight season, takes over as the organization's roving catching coordinator. Rounding out the 2011 roving staff is longtime Angel Bill Lachemann (catching coordinator) & newcomer Jeff Pickler, former Padres' pro scout, who takes over the roving infield duties. Additionally, former Angel outfielder Nathan Haynes.
Dick Schofield, a 14-year major league shortstop who played 10 seasons with the Angels, returns for his fifth season as hitting coach at Tempe and Trevor Wilson, who pitched in the major leagues for the San Francisco Giants (1988-93, 95) and Angels (1998) will handle the pitchers in Cedar Rapids; Former Major League standout Jim Gott will be the new pitching coach at Tempe. Damon Mashore, a major league outfielder for the Oakland A's (1996-97) and Angels (1998), will be the hitting coach at Inland Empire; and former Angels minor leaguer Brandon Emanuel (Arkansas pitching coach), and Mike Eylward (Cedar Rapids hitting coach) will again contribute on staffs in the farm system next season. Additionally, former Angel outfielder Nathan Haynes will serve as the hitting coach with Orem.
Following is a look at the Angels' 2011 Minor League Development Staff:
SALT LAKE (AAA) ARKANSAS (AA) INLAND EMPIRE (A)
MANAGER Keith Johnson Bill Mosiello Tom Gamboa
PITCHING COACH Erik Bennett Brandon Emanuel Dan Ricabal
HITTING COACH Jim Eppard Francisco Matos Damon Mashore
TRAINER Brian Reinker Dan Nichols Mike Metcalfe
STRENGTH & COND. Josh Fields Seth Walsh
CEDAR RAPIDS (A) OREM (R) TEMPE (R) DOMINICAN (R)
MANAGER Brenton Del Chiaro Tom Kotchman Ty Boykin Charlie Romero
PITCHING COACH Trevor Wilson Zeke Zimmerman Jim Gott Santos Alcala
HITTING COACH Mike Eylward Nathan Haynes Dick Schofield Edgal Rodriguez
TRAINER Eric Munson Michael Dart Greg Spence TBD
FIELD COORDINATOR/ ROVING HITTING COORDINATOR Todd Takayoshi
ROVING PITCHING COORDINATOR Kernan Ronan
ROVING INFIELD COORDINATOR Jeff Pickler
ROVING OUTFIELD / BASERUNNING & BUNTING COORDINATOR Bobby Mitchell
ROVING CATCHING COORDINATOR Orlando Mercado
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT CATCHING COORDINATOR Bill Lachemann
TRAINER'S COORDINATOR Geoff Hostetter