11/18/2009 4:23 PM ET
Royals announce minor league personnel for 2010
KANSAS CITY, MO (November 19, 2009) - The Kansas City Royals have announced the minor league coaching staffs for the 2010 season. The Royals also named their minor league coordinators for next season.
The leader of the coaching staff at Triple-A Omaha remains intact, as Mike Jirschele returns to his managerial post for the eighth consecutive season. The Wisconsin native also managed the O-Royals from 1995-1997. Doug Henry, after spending one season as the Royals' roving pitching coach, will return to the bench to tutor the pitchers at Omaha. Tommy Gregg will serve his second season as the hitting coach for the Royals. Finally, Drew Van Dam will work as the Omaha trainer for his third straight season.
The Royals' Double-A affiliate at Northwest Arkansas returns Brian Poldberg at the helm for the third straight season. Poldberg has led the Naturals to a second-half title and the Texas League playoffs in both 2008 and 2009. Poldberg's staff will include pitching coach Larry Carter, who enters his 13th season in the Royals organization and ninth at the Double-A level, and Terry Bradshaw, who will tutor the hitters at Double-A for the second consecutive year. In addition, Tony Medina, who was trainer of the Surprise Royals for the past six seasons, will move to Springdale beginning in 2010.
Brian Rupp will return as the manager of the Class-A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2010 after leading the club to the Carolina League playoffs in 2009. Steve Luebber will remain as the pitching coach while Justin Gemoll continues to work with the hitters at Wilmington. Dave Iannicca will spend his third season in Delaware as the Blue Rock's trainer.
After leading the Class-A Burlington Bees to the Midwest League Championship series, Jim Gabella returns for his sixth season in Burlington, his second in a row after a 2008 stop with Idaho Falls. Pitching coach Jerry Nyman will spend his second consecutive season in Burlington, as will hitting coach Omar Ramirez. Trainer Mark Stubblefield shifts from one Burlington to the other, moving from the rookie squad in North Carolina to Class-A Iowa.
Brian Buchanan, after a professional career that included five seasons in the Majors, will shift to the bench as the manager of Idaho Falls. Carlos Martinez, who coached with the Surprise Royals in 2007 and 2008 before coming to Idaho in 2009, will serve on Buchanan's staff as pitching coach in 2010. Julio Bruno, who managed the Surprise Royals in 2008 and 2009, will work as the Chukars hitting coach in 2010. Trainer Masa Koyanagi will be in his third season in Idaho Falls.
Nelson Liriano will manage the Royals' rookie level club at Burlington (NC) for the second straight season in 2010. Bobby St. Pierre also returns as pitching coach. The Royals have yet to name a hitting coach or trainer at Burlington.
The Royals rookie league squad in Surprise, Arizona, will be managed by Darryl Kennedy, who has managed at three other levels in the Royals chain the past three seasons. Kennedy's staff will include Mark Davis, who returns for his fifth season as the Surprise Royals pitching coach; pitching coach/rehab coach Carlos Reyes, who joined the Royals in 2008; hitting coach Andre David, who served as the Royals Major League hitting coach for parts of 2005 and 2006; coach and scout Jon Williams, who was hitting coach with Idaho Falls in 2009 and trainer Dale Gilbert, who had spent the past seven seasons as the Royals rehab coordinator.
Coordinators and Roving positions:
- Doug Sisson, an 11-year veteran of managing in the minors, will begin his third season with the Royals organization as the minor league field coordinator.
- Tony Tijerina enters his fourth year with KC and his third as assistant field coordinator and catching coordinator.
- Bill Fischer, a former Major League Pitching Coach with the Reds, Red Sox and Rays, will work his 63rd year in professional baseball in 2010 as a special assistant to player development and pitching coordinator. Fischer was the senior pitching advisor for KC in 2007 and also worked with the club from 1975-1978 and in 1984.
- 2010 will be Jack Maloof's third season with the Royals as a Special Assistant to Player Development. Maloof will also serve as hitting coordinator.
- Rusty Kuntz, after serving two seasons on Trey Hillman's Major League staff as a first base coach shifts to the role of special assistant to player development.
- Luis Silverio will work as the Royals minor league outfield coordinator after spending 2009 as a special assistant to player development.
- Mark Harris, who joined the Royals organization in 2007 as a roving coach, will serve as the minor league infield coordinator for his third season in 2010.
- Seven-year former Major League second baseman Quilvio Veras will work as the baserunning and bunting coordinator for the second straight season.
- Chris DeLucia, trainer for Northwest Arkansas in 2009, shifts to become the minor league medical coordinator in 2010.
- Ryan Stoneberg returns for his ninth season with the Royals and fourth as minor league strength and conditioning coordinator.
- Tim Scheierman joins the Kansas City system as the minor league rehab coordinator after working at the Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital since 2003.