ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays shuffled their minor-league managing staff, using an opening at Double-A Montgomery to promote three from within. As a result, four of their seven farm teams will have new men in charge.
Brady Williams, a Dunedin Little League and Clearwater Central Catholic product, takes over the Biscuits, promoted after one season at advanced Class A Charlotte. "I can't thank the organization enough for believing in me and moving me up," said Williams, 34, the son of longtime major-league coach and manager Jimy. "It's an awesome opportunity, and I'm looking forward to it."
Jared Sandberg (nephew of Phillies manager Ryne) moves up to Charlotte from Class A Bowling Green, and Michael Johns from short-season Class A Hudson Valley to Bowling Green. "They're all deserving, absolutely," farm director Mitch Lukevics said.
The new hire is at Hudson Valley, where Tim Parenton, a longtime college coach, takes over. The Triple-A Durham staff led by Charlie Montoyo remains intact, and rookie-level managers Danny Sheaffer (Princeton) and Jim Morrison (Gulf Coast League) return. Former Toronto hitting coach Chad Mottola was officially announced as hitting coordinator and Kyle Snyder promoted to be a third pitching coordinator. (For a full staff listing, see tampabay.com/blogs/rays.)
Also, Rich Hollenberg was officially named to replace Barry LeBrock as the host of the TV pre- and postgame shows for road games.
INDIANS: Former Ray Elliot Johnson, 29, agreed to a minor-league contract.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.