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Rays minor-league staff has different look

Three managers have changed assignments under the new MLB-led consolidated plan.
Even after the shakeup to the minor leagues, manager Brady Williams remains with the Durham Bulls.
Even after the shakeup to the minor leagues, manager Brady Williams remains with the Durham Bulls. [ CHRIS URSO | Times (2019) ]
Published Feb. 22
Updated Feb. 22

The Rays will have three minor-league managers and a dozen coaches in different places this season. There also will be one new face, as Ronnie Richardson, a former assistant coach at Hillsborough Community College, joins the staff.

Many of the changes are a result of the Major League Baseball-led consolidation and reorganization of the minor leagues, with teams limited to four full-season affiliates and based at their complexes for rookie-level play.

The Rays no longer have a short-season Class A affiliate in Hudson Valley, N.Y., nor a rookie-level affiliate in Princeton, W.Va. Additionally, they switched one of their Class A affiliations from Port Charlotte to Charleston, S.C.

Under the MLB plan, the team in Bowling Green, Ky., was moved up to High A status and Charleston is the Low A team. The Rays kept their top two affiliates in place, with the Triple-A team in Durham, N.C., and the Double-A club in Montgomery, Ala.

Under the new managerial plan, Jeff Smith switched from Charlotte to Bowling Green, Blake Butera from Bowling Green to Charleston, and Rafael Valenzuela from Hudson Valley to the complex-based Gulf Coast League team. Morgan Ensberg returns to manage at Montgomery and Brady Williams at Durham. Additional coaches were added at several levels.

Here is the revised staff list:

Minor league coordinators

Field Coordinator: Michael Johns

Field Coordinator: Alejandro Freire

Pitching Coordinator: Rolando Garza

Pitching Coordinator: Jorge Moncada

Hitting Coordinator: Dan Dement

Hitting Coordinator: Greg Brown

Hitting Coordinator: Steve Livesey

Catching Coordinator: Tomas Francisco

Infield Coordinator: Ivan Ochoa

Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator: Chris Prieto

Director, Pitching Development: Dewey Robinson

Assistant Director, Pitching Development: Winston Doom

Assistant Director, Hitting Development: Cole Figueroa

Medical Coordinator: Aaron Scott

Rehabilitation Coordinator: Joel Smith

Latin America Medical Coordinator: Chris Tomashoff

Latin American Cultural Coordinator: Jairo De La Rosa

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator: Pat Trainor

Education Coordinator: Lenore Sutton

Equipment Manager: Tim McKechney

Assistant Equipment Manager: Shane Rossetti

Minor league mental performance coaches

Mental Performance: Josh Kozuch

Mental Performance: Kris Goodman

Mental Performance: Jenny Ferriter

Mental Performance: Carla Hodel

Durham (Triple-A, East)

Manager: Brady Williams

Pitching Coach: Rick Knapp

Hitting Coach: Kyle Wilson

Bullpen Coach: Alberto Bastardo (1st Half), José Gonzalez (2nd Half)

Coach: Reinaldo Ruiz

Athletic Trainer: Scott Thurston

Athletic Trainer: Kris Russell

Conditioning Coach: Bryan King

Montgomery (Double-A, South)

Manager: Morgan Ensberg

Pitching Coach: Brian Reith

Hitting Coach: Jamie Nelson

Coach: Gary Redus

Athletic Trainer: James Ramsdell

Conditioning Coach: Carlos Gonzalez

Bowling Green (High-A, East)

Manager: Jeff Smith

Pitching Coach: Jim Paduch

Hitting Coach: Brady North

Coach: Skeeter Barnes

Athletic Trainer: Brian Newman

Conditioning Coach: Jordan Brown

Charleston (Low-A, East)

Manager: Blake Butera

Pitching Coach: Steve Watson

Hitting Coach: Wuarnner Rincones

Coach: Sean Smedley

Athletic Trainer: Tsutomu Kamiya

Conditioning Coach: James McCallie

GCL Rays (Rookie, Gulf Coast League)

Manager: Rafael Valenzuela

Pitching Coach: Alberto Bastardo

Pitching Coach: José Gonzalez

Pitching Coach: R.C. Lichtenstein

Pitching Coach: Marty DeMerritt

Hitting Coach: Manny Castillo

Hitting Coach: Frank Maldonado

Coach: Germán Meléndez

Coach: Jim Morrison

Coach: Ronnie Richardson

Coach: Hector Torres

Coach: Frank Jagoda

Athletic Trainer: Peter Walukiewicz

Athletic Trainer: Ruben Santiago

Rehab Athletic Trainer: Halee Williams

Conditioning Coach: Paul Jones

Dominican Summer League coordinators

Hitting Coordinator: Rafael Guerrero

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator: César Gutierrez

Athletic Trainer: Oscar Orengo

Video Assistant: Luis Medina

DSL Rays 1 (Rookie, Dominican Summer League)

Manager: Esteban González

Pitching Coach: Levi Romero

Assistant Pitching Coach: José Sánchez

Hitting Coach: Alejandro Segovia

Coach: Jiminson Natera

Coach: Hector Gimenez

Athletic Trainer: Pablo Pacheco

Strength & Conditioning Coach: Julio Pulido

DSL Rays 2 (Rookie, Dominican Summer League)

Manager: Julio Sorrel

Pitching Coach: Luis Urena

Assistant Pitching Coach: Yomelbin Almonte

Hitting Coach: Omar Luna

Coach: Elvin Del Rosario

Coach: Wilmer Dominguez

Athletic Trainer: Ever Perez

Assistant Athletic Trainer: César Navarro

Strength & Conditioning Coach: Luis Marte