Minor-league staffs have different look
UPDATE, 3:57: Farm director Mitch Lukevics said the changes were primarily made to reward the young managers with promotions, and that Morrison, a 60-year-old former major-leaguer, was open to working with the entry-level players after four years at Charlotte.
"We are excited about our 2013 staff,'' Lukevics said. "We have a couple of young managers that have earned the opportunity to manage at the next level. Morrison, who can manage at any level, will guide our youngest players in the GCL. Danny Sheaffer brings great experience to our organization. Danny has been a manager at every level, a coordinator; and as a major-league player has played at every position except for pitcher and shortstop. We are proud of the continuity of our staff.''
DEVELOPING: The Rays have kept most of the names the same but shuffled their minor-league coaching staffs:
Among the changes in Thursday's announcement:
Paul Hoover, who re-joined the organization last year after retiring as a player, moves from managing the Gulf Coast League team to minor-league catching coordinator, replacing Jamie Nelson, who joins the big-league staff.
Danny Sheaffer, a former big-leaguer most recently coaching in the Astros organization, takes over as manager at rookie-level Princeton.
Brady Williams moves up from manager of Class A Bowling Green to advanced Class A Charlotte.
Jared Sandberg moves up from manager of short-season Class A Hudson Valley to Bowling Green.
Michael Johns moves up from manager of rookie-league Princeton to Hudson Valley.
Jim Morrison goes from manager of Charlotte to the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
Charlie Montoyo remains the manager at Triple-A Durham and Billy Gardner Jr. at Double-A Montgomery.
Here are how the full staffs look:
Manager: Charlie Montoyo
Pitching coach: Neil Allen
Coach: Dave Myers
Trainer: Mike Sandoval
Manager: Billy Gardner Jr.
Pitching coach: R.C. Lichtenstein
Coach: Ozzie Timmons
Trainer: Kris Russell
Advanced Class A Charlotte
Manager: Brady Williams
Pitching coach: Bill Moloney
Coach: Joe Szekely
Trainer: Scott Thurston
Class A Bowling Green
Manager: Jared Sandberg
Pitching coach: Kyle Snyder
Coach: Manny Castillo
Trainer: Chris Tomashoff
Short-season A Hudson Valley
Manager: Michael Johns
Pitching coach: Steve Watson
Coach: Dan DeMent
Trainer: Jeremy Spencer
Manager: Danny Sheaffer
Pitching coach: Darwin Peguero
Coach: Reinaldo Ruiz
Trainer: Nick Flynn
Rookie-level Gulf Coast League
Manager: Jim Morrison
Pitching coach: Marty DeMerritt
Coach: Wuarnner Rincones
Coach: Hector Torres
Trainer: Brian Newman
Field: Jim Hoff, Bill Evers
Pitching: Dick Bosman, Dewey Robinson
Hitting: Steve Livesey, Matt Quatraro
Outfield/baserunning: Skeeter Barnes
Catching: Paul Hoover
Medical training: Joe Benge
Rehab: Joel Smith
Strength and conditioning: Trung Cao
Equipment manager: Tim McKechney
Asst. equipment manager: Shane Rossetti