Royals announce minor league personnel for 2011
The Kansas City Royals have announced the minor league coaching staffs for the 2011 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 ninth consecutive season, the first at the club’s brand-new stadium in Sarpy County (Neb.). The Wisconsin native also managed the club from 1995-1997 and has served as an additional coach at the Major League level in September. Doug Henry will tutor the pitchers at Omaha for the second straight season while Tommy Gregg will serve his third season as the hitting coach. Dale Gilbert, in his ninth season in the Royals organization, will work as the Omaha trainer after joining the club for the second half of 2010.
The Texas League champion Northwest Arkansas Naturals return league Manager of the Year Brian Poldberg at the helm for the fourth straight season. Poldberg has led the Naturals to the playoffs in each of his three seasons and was named an All-Star in 2010. Poldberg’s staff will include pitching coach Larry Carter, who enters his 14th season in the Royals organization and 10th at the Double-A level, and 2010 Texas League All-Star Terry Bradshaw, who will tutor the hitters at Double-A for the third consecutive year. In addition, Dave Iannicca, who was trainer of the Wilmington Blue Rocks from 2008-2010 will move to Springdale next season.
Brian Rupp will return as the manager of the Class-A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2011 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. Trainer Mark Stubblefield joins Rupp’s staff in Wilmington after spending 2010 with Burlington (A).
The Royals shifted their Midwest League affiliate to the Kane County (Ill.) Cougars for the 2011 season. Kane County will be managed by Vance Wilson, who caught in the Majors for eight seasons before retiring during Royals Spring Training in 2010. Newcomer Jim Brower will work as Wilson’s pitching coach at Kane County. Brower pitched for nine seasons in the Majors from 1999-2007 with the Indians, Reds, Expos, Giants, Braves, Orioles, Padres and Yankees before retiring during the 2008 season. Damon Hollins, a former outfielder who played professional both in Major League Baseball and in Japan, will work with the Cougar hitters in 2011 after serving as a player/coach with Burlington (R) last season. James Stone will shift from Burlington (R) to Kane County and serve as the team trainer.
Brian Buchanan, a five-year Major Leaguer, will begin his second season on the bench as the manager of Idaho Falls. Jerry Nyman, who coached for Burlington (A) in 2009 and 2010, will serve on Buchanan’s staff as pitching coach in 2011. Omar Ramirez will tutor the hitters at Idaho Falls after filling the same role in 2010 at Burlington (A). Trainer Masa Koyanagi will be in his fourth season in Idaho Falls.
Nelson Liriano will manage the Royals’ rookie level club at Burlington (NC) for the third straight season in 2011. He led the club to a playoff berth in 2010. Bobby St. Pierre also returns as pitching coach for his fourth year. Jon Williams will work with the hitters.
The Royals rookie league squad in Surprise, Ariz., will be managed by Darryl Kennedy for the second straight season. Kennedy’s staff will include Carlos Martinez, who returns as a pitching coach for Surprise after two seasons working with the hurlers at Idaho Falls and Burlington (A); 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; hitting coach Julio Bruno, who was in the same capacity with Idaho Falls in 2010; and trainer Tony Medina, the trainer at Northwest Arkansas in 2010.
Coordinators and Roving positions:
Tony Tijerina enters his fifth year with KC and his first as minor league field coordinator after spending the past three seasons 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 64th year in professional baseball in 2011 as Senior Pitching Advisor. Fischer, who re-joined the organization in 2007, also worked with the club from 1975-1978 and in 1984.
2011 will be Jack Maloof’s fourth season with the Royals as a special assistant to player development. Maloof will also serve as hitting coordinator.
Rusty Kuntz, after serving in 2008-2009 and for the final four months of 2010 on the Royals Major League staff as first base coach, will shift to the role of special assistant to general manager/player development.
Mark Davis will take on a new role in 2011 as the minor league pitching coordinator after working the previous five seasons as pitching coach for the Surprise Royals.
Chris DeLucia, trainer for Northwest Arkansas in 2009, will serve his second season as the minor league medical coordinator in 2011.
Ryan Stoneberg returns for his 10th season with the Royals and fifth as minor league strength and conditioning coordinator.
Tim Scheierman will work his second season as the minor league rehab coordinator.