Melvin weighs in on Brewers' 2013 campaign

MILWAUKEE -- The manager's seat at Double-A Huntsville was up for grabs again Wednesday when the Brewers' choice for the job, Dave Clark, instead accepted an offer to join new Tigers manager Brad Ausmus' coaching staff.

Clark, who has been on the Astros' coaching staff for the past five seasons, will serve as third base coach and outfield instructor in Detroit.

He had previously been tabbed to manage at Huntsville, a post that opened when the Brewers promoted Darnell Coles to manage Triple-A Nashville in place of Mike Guerrero, who was bumped up to the big league coaching staff. Two baseball sources had confirmed that Clark was the Brewers' pick, but a club official said the hire was not yet official because the perfunctory medical and background checks were still ongoing.

The Brewers will announce their full Minor League staffs at a later date. At the moment, only the Nashville and Class A Wisconsin staffs have been formally set. At Nashville, the staff includes Coles, pitching coach Fred Dabney (third season) and coach Bob Skube (second season).

At Wisconsin, manager Matt Erickson returns for a fourth season with three new coaches: pitching coach Elvin Nina, plus coaches Chuckie Caufield and Ken Dominguez. Dominguez already has six seasons of coaching experience in Milwaukee's Minor League system, and Nina has five. Caufield is a former Brewers farmhand who began his coaching career last summer.

Last call

• The Brewers have promoted Mark Dewey from pitching coach at Class A Advanced Brevard County to be assistant roving pitching coach, joining Rick Tomlin in that role. With 80-plus pitchers in the system, general manager Doug Melvin said two coordinators working in concert would help the club "have better focus on the pitching side of things."

• Former first-round Draft pick Mark Rogers was among Milwaukee's Minor Leaguers who officially became free agents on Monday. Rogers, 28 in January, showed great promise in the Major Leagues during the second half of 2012 and hoped to compete for a spot in the Brewers' 2013 Opening Day pitching rotation, but he was derailed by the return of shoulder issues. He was limited to 12 appearances for three different affiliates.

• Other notable Minor League free agents include former Top 20 prospect Santo Manzanillo, a right-hander who has struggled with shoulder woes since a November 2011 auto accident; right-hander Josh Ravin, who was just claimed off waivers from the Reds in late September but was subsequently removed from Milwaukee's 40-man roster; and outfielder Brock Kjeldgaard, who hit 24 home runs with 70 RBIs at Huntsville in 2013.

Rounding out Monday's list were: pitchers Frankie De La Cruz, Tim Dillard, Zach Kroenke, Aaron Laffey, Johnnie Lowe, Jesus Sanchez, R.J. Seidel and Travis Webb; infielders Ozzie Chavez and Blake Davis; outfielder Rene Tosoni; catcher Anderson De La Rosa; and super-utility man Micah Owings.