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Rays keep managers, shuffle minor-league staff

More than 30 changes between new hires and internal promotions yield a new look.
Brady Williams is back as manager of the Durham Bulls, but he has a new pitching coach, among other staff changes.
Brady Williams is back as manager of the Durham Bulls, but he has a new pitching coach, among other staff changes. [ CHRIS URSO | Times (2019) ]
Published Jan. 24

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays kept the managers of their five domestic farm teams in place, but made more than 30 changes to their coaching and training staffs for the 2022 season.

Among the notable moves:

• Three of the four hitting coach hires came from the college ranks: High A Bowling Green’s Paul Rozzelle (Catawba Valley Community College), Low A Charleston’s Perry Roth (Alabama-Birmingham), Florida Complex League’s Hez Randolph (New England Collegiate League). New Triple-A coach Will Bradley spent the last three years in the Angels organization; before that he was at St. Louis University.

• Two women moved into more prominent roles with teams, Mia Salvemini as conditioning coach with Charleston, and Halee Williams as an athletic trainer with the Port Charlotte-based complex league squad. A third, Sierra Hakanson, was hired as rehab coordinator with the complex team.

• Chris Osmond, who spent the past six years with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, was hired as strength and conditioning coordinator. He has prior baseball experience in the Orioles and Dodgers organizations. Chris Constantine is the new outfield and baserunning coordinator after spending the last three years in the Angels system.

• Kyle Wilson, who joined the staff in 2020, was promoted to hitting coordinator. Among others moving up were Frank Maldonado, to manager of hitting development; Winston Doom, to pitching strategist; and Joel Smith, to complex medical coordinator.

The Rays will return Brady Williams as manager at Durham, where he also has a new pitching coach, Brian Reith, who spent last year as a “fellow” with the big-league team, plus Bradley.

Some coaches were shuffled among other affiliates.

Morgan Ensberg returns to manage Double-A Montgomery, with new pitching coach Jim Paduch and bench coach Sean Smedley. Jeff Smith is back at Bowling Green with new pitching coach Alberto Bastardo and Roth. Blake Butera returns to Charleston with new bench coach Frank Jagoda and Rozzelle. And Rafael Valenzuela stays with the complex league but gets several new coaches: Levi Romero and Steve Watson (pitching), Jamie Nelson and Alejandro Segovia (hitting), Esteban Gonzalez (general).

Here is the full list of Rays’ minor-league staff:

Minor league coordinators

Field: Michael Johns, Alejandro Freire

Pitching: Rolando Garza, Jorge Moncada

Pitching Strategist: Winston Doom

Hitting: Steve Livesey, Kyle Wilson

Manager, Hitting Development: Frank Maldonado

Catching: Tomas Francisco

Infield: Ivan Ochoa

Outfield/baserunning: Chris Constantine

Affiliate medical: Marty Brinker

Complex medical: Joel Smith

Strength and conditioning: Chris Osmond

Assistant strength and conditioning: Paul Jones

Latin America medical sdministrator: Oscar Orengo

Latin America strength and conditioning: Cesar Gutierrez

Latin American cultural: Jairo De La Rosa

Education: Lenore Sanchez

Mental performance Josh Kozuch

Equipment manager: Tim McKechney

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Assistant equipment manager: Shane Rossetti

DURHAM (TRIPLE-A EAST)

Manager: Brady Williams

Pitching coach: Brian Reith

Hitting coach: Will Bradley

Bench coach: Reinaldo Ruiz

Athletic Trainer: Scott Thurston, Kris Russell

Conditioning coach: Carlos Gonzalez

MONTGOMERY (DOUBLE-A SOUTH)

Manager: Morgan Ensberg

Pitching coach: Jim Paduch

Hitting coach: Wuarnner Rincones

Bench coach: Sean Smedley

Athletic trainer: James Ramsdell

Conditioning coach: James McCallie

BOWLING GREEN (HIGH-A EAST)

Manager: Jeff Smith

Pitching coach: Alberto Bastardo

Hitting coach: Paul Rozzelle

Bench coach: Skeeter Barnes

Athletic trainer: Tsutomu Kamiya

Conditioning coach: Jordan Brown

CHARLESTON (LOW-A EAST)

Manager: Blake Butera

Pitching coach: R.C. Lichtenstein

Hitting coach: Perry Roth

Bench coach: Frank Jagoda

Athletic trainer: Ruben Santiago

Conditioning coach: Mia Salvemini

FLORIDA COMPLEX LEAGUE (ROOKIE)

Manager: Rafael Valenzuela

Pitching coach: José Gonzalez, Levi Romero, Marty DeMerritt

Rehab pitching: Steve Watson

Hitting coach: Jamie Nelson, Manny Castillo, Alejandro Segovia. Hez Randolph

Coach: Esteban Gonzalez, Jim Morrison, Hector Torres, Ronnie Richardson, Germán Meléndez

Athletic trainer: Peter Walukiewicz, Halee Williams

Rehab trainer: Sierra Hakanson

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