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Minor matters: Former C Hoover hired, staffs set



The Rays released their minor-league coaching staff assignments on Thursday, and while most of the changes were internal, there are two new faces: Paul Hoover, who played for the Rays, was hired to manage the Gulf Coast League team, and Kyle Snyder, a Sarasota Riverview product who pitched five seasons in the majors, will be the pitching coach at short-season Hudson Valley.

The Triple-A Durham staff remained intact, with Charlie Montoyo back for his sixth season as manager, accompanied by pitching coach Neil Allen (who was interviewed by the Red Sox) and hitting coach Dave Myers.

Hoover is the third Rays draft pick to manage in their system, following Matt Quatraro and Jared Sandberg. A 23rd-round pick in 1997, Hoover spent eight years in the Rays minor league system and had two brief stints in the majors in 2001-02. He also played in the majors for the Marlins and Phillies. Snyder, a first round pick in 1999, pitched for the Royals and Red Sox.

Among the internal changes, pitching coach R.C. Lichtenstein was moved up from Class A Bowling Green to Double-A Montgomery (in a swap with Bill Moloney), pitching coach Marty DeMerritt from Princeton to the GCL  team, pitching coach Darwin Peguero from the GCL team to rookie-level Princeton, hitting coach Reinaldo Ruiz went from Hudson Valley to Princeton, hitting coach Dan DeMent from the GCL team to Hudson Valley, and coach Wuarnner Rincones from Princeton to the GCL team.

Former GCL manager Joe Alvarez and Hudson Valley pitching coach Jack Giese left the organization.

Here are the staffs:

Durham Bulls (AAA)
Manager Charlie Montoyo
Pitching Coach Neil Allen
Coach Dave Myers
Athletic Trainer Mike Sandoval

Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
Manager Billy Gardner Jr.
Pitching Coach R.C. Lichtenstein
Coach Ozzie Timmons
Athletic Trainer Kris Russell

Charlotte Stone Crabs (A)
Manager Jim Morrison
Pitching Coach Steve Watson
Coach Joe Szekely
Athletic Trainer Scott Thurston

Bowling Green Hot Rods (A)
Manager Brady Williams
Pitching Coach Bill Moloney
Coach Manny Castillo
Athletic Trainer Jeremy Spencer

Hudson Valley Renegades (Short-A)
Manager Jared Sandberg
Pitching Coach Kyle Snyder
Coach Dan DeMent
Athletic Trainer Brian Newman

Princeton Rays (Rookie)
Manager Michael Johns
Pitching Coach Darwin Peguero
Coach Reinaldo Ruiz
Athletic Trainer Nick Flynn

GCL Rays (Rookie)
Manager Paul Hoover
Pitching Coach Marty DeMerritt
Coach Wuarnner Rincones
Coach Hector Torres
Athletic Trainer Chris Tomashoff

Field Coordinator Jim Hoff
Field Coordinator Bill Evers
Pitching Coordinator Dick Bosman
Pitching Coordinator Dewey Robinson
Hitting Coordinator Steve Livesey
Hitting Coordinator Matt Quatraro
Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator Skeeter Barnes
Catching Coordinator Jamie Nelson
Medical Training Coordinator Joe Benge
Rehabilitation Coordinator Joel Smith
Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Trung Cao
Equipment Manager Tim McKechney
Assistant Equipment Manager Shane Rossetti


[Last modified: Saturday, February 4, 2012 12:41am]


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