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Dodgers Announce 2019 Minor League Coaching Staffs-Press Release

Oklahoma City Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the coaching staffs for their minor league affiliates for the 2019 season:

Triple-A Oklahoma City                                         Season with Dodger Organization (as coach)

Manager – Travis Barbary                                                                                                       25th

Pitching Coach – Bill Simas                                                                                                    9th

Hitting Coach – Scott Coolbaugh                                                                                             1st

Coach – Jeremy Rodriguez                                                                                                      3rd

Double-A Tulsa

Manager – Scott Hennessey                                                                                                     3rd

Pitching Coach – Dave Borkowski                                                                                           2nd

Hitting Coach – Adam Melhuse                                                                                               2nd

Coach – Pedro Montero                                                                                                          3rd

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga

Manager – Mark Kertenian                                                                                                     3rd

Pitching Coach – Connor McGuinness                                                                                      3rd

Hitting Coach – Dustin Kelly                                                                                                  2nd

Coach – Elian Herrera                                                                                                            1st

Single-A Great Lakes

Manager – John Shoemaker                                                                                                    43rd

Pitching Coach – Luis Meza                                                                                                    3rd

Hitting Coach – Justin Viele                                                                                                    3rd

Coach – Jason Bourgeois                                                                                                        1st

Rookie-advanced Ogden

Manager – Austin Chubb                                                                                                        4th

Pitching Coach – Dean Stiles                                                                                                   2nd

Hitting Coach – Seth Conner                                                                                                   2nd

Coach – Cordell Hipolito                                                                                                        1st

Rookie-level AZL Dodgers

Manager – Jair Fernandez                                                                                                       4th

Pitching Coach – Stephanos Stroop                                                                                          1st

Hitting Coach – Jarek Cunningham                                                                                          3rd

Coach- Chris Gutierrez                                                                                                           2nd

Dominican Summer League Dodgers

Managers –Keyter Collado/Fumi Ishibashi                                                                                7th/9th

Pitching Coaches – Ramon Troncoso/Roberto Giron                                                                  2nd/6th

Hitting Coaches – Johermyn Chaves/Sergio Mendez                                                                   1st/4th

Coaches – Pedro Mega/Antonio Bautista/Dunior Zerpa                                                               19th/12th/2nd

Two Dodger minor league managers return, while new skippers are in place for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Rookie-advanced Ogden, Rookie-level AZL and the Dominican summer league team. John Shoemaker will manage the Loons in his 43rd season in the Dodger organization, Travis Barbary will become the skipper for the OKC Dodgers, Mark Kertenian will become the manager for the Quakes after leading the AZL Dodgers to the Arizona Rookie League Championship, and Austin Chubb will lead Rookie-advanced Ogden after spending four seasons as one of the Dominican summer league managers.

Barbary enters his first season as the manager for Triple-A Oklahoma City and Bill Simas will remain on the OKC Dodgers staff as pitching coach, while Scott Coolbaugh and Jeremy Rodriguez start their first seasons with OKC. Coolbaugh had a four-year Major League career with Texas, San Diego and St. Louis and the Binghampton, NY native served as hitting coach for the Baltimore Orioles for the last four seasons. Rodriguez, 29, enters his third season with the Dodgers and his first year with OKC after spending the last two seasons as the Ogden skipper. The Southern California native played in parts of five minor league seasons (2011-15) in the San Diego organization after being selected by the Padres in the 16th round of the 2011 Draft out of California State University, Bakersfield.

Hennessey, 48, enters his third season with the Drillers after leading the club to the Texas League Championship for the first time in 20 years last season. Prior to being named the skipper, Hennessey served as an amateur scout in the Dodger organization from 2007 to 2016. Dave Borkowski will also remain on staff as the pitching coach for his second season. Prior to joining the club in 2018, the former Major Leaguer spent the past eight years as a pitching coach in the Astros’ system (2010-17) and was also the pitching coach for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League in 2013. Borkowski appeared in 181 big league games (21 starts) over seven seasons, going 13-20 with a 5.87 ERA with the Tigers (1999-2001), the Orioles (2004) and the Astros (2006-08). Adam Melhuse will round out the staff as he joins the club as the newest hitting coach. Melhuse spent 2018 as the hitting coach for OKC, was the manager for the Los Angeles Angels’ Single-A Burlington Bees (2016-17) and was an advanced scout with the Chicago Cubs. The Santa Clara, California, native and former UCLA Bruin played eight Major League seasons (2000-08) with the Dodgers, Rockies, Athletics and Rangers, appearing in 311 games and hitting .234 with 24 home runs and 98 RBI.

Kertenian, 38, enters his third season with the organization and will manage the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes after managing the AZL Dodgers in 2018 and the Ogden Raptors in 2017. Connor McGuinness returns for his third season as pitching coach with the club while Dustin Kelly returns for his second year as the hitting coach.

Shoemaker, 62, will embark on his 43rd season in the Los Angeles organization and 26th season as minor league manager. Drafted by the Dodgers in the 35th round of the 1977 draft, Shoemaker has been with the club ever since, as a player (1977-80), manager, coach and coordinator and, in 2015, he was appointed as the Dodgers’ “Captain” of Player Development. Meza enters his fourth season with the Dodger organization as a pitching coach and his first year with the Loons after spending 2018 with the AZL Dodgers. Justin Viele enters his third season with the Dodger organization and his first year with Great Lakes.

Chubb, 29, begins his fourth season with the Dodger organization and his first year at the helm of Rookie-advanced Ogden. Chubb spent the last two seasons as the manager for the DSL Dodgers 2. In 2017, Chubb became the first American manager in the history of Campo Las Palmas and prior to becoming the skipper, he entered the coaching ranks as Rookie-advanced Ogden’s hitting coach. Dean Stiles enters his second year with the Dodgers as the pitching coach, and Seth Conner begins his second year coaching with the Dodgers. The 25-year-old Missouri native played five minor league seasons in the Blue Jays organization (2011-14, 16) and posted a .244 batting average with six home runs and 76 RBI in 187 career games.

Jair Fernandez begins his third season with the Dodgers organization and first as a manager for the AZL Dodgers. Fernandez spent the past two seasons with Single-A Great Lakes as the hitting coach. Stroop embarks on his first minor league coaching position after serving as a pitching coach for Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge. Cunningham will enter his third season as the AZL Dodgers hitting coach. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 18th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of high school and played eight seasons as second and third baseman.

Collado and Ishibashi enter their seventh and ninth seasons in the Dodger organization, respectively. Giron enters his sixth season as the pitching coach, while former big leaguer Ramon Troncoso returns for his second season as pitching coach. Troncoso spent five years in the Majors (2008-11, 2013), including four seasons with the Dodgers (2008-11), going 8-8 with six saves and posting a 3.92 ERA in 175 relief appearances. Mendez will return for his fourth season, Mega in his 19th season, Zerpa in his second, and Bautista will also return to the Campo Las Palmas staff in 2019.

In 2018, Dodger affiliates posted a .547 (452-374) combined winning percentage, which was the best among MLB clubs, with the club’s top six affiliates advancing to the postseason. Double-A Tulsa (Texas League), Single-A Rancho Cucamonga (California League) and the Arizona League Dodgers all won their league championships.

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5 thoughts on “Dodgers Announce 2019 Minor League Coaching Staffs-Press Release

  1. No explanation for why Hasselman is out in OKC. I did hear he is going to manage Rancho while their manager serves a suspension. Hasselman did a great job at OKC and was well respected by his players. I get that Barbary has been in the organization a long time, but Hasselman was a good influence on young players. Maybe he is out because he felt stung at not being named to the Major league staff with all the openings they had this year. Where ever he goes I am pretty sure he will be successful.

    1. I agree with you, Michael. I think he should have been promoted to the dodger’s 3rd base coaching position on the big club. Maybe he was not all in agreement with the stats Freidman so values? One of the best, talented and successful minor league coaches.

  2. I think I speak with everyone that we are all relieved to see Coach – Pedro Montero back with Tulsa for a 3rd season. this probably puts us over the top for success this season in LA. Good job, Friedman you are making clutch decisions this off season.

    Does anyone know if Jason The Wonder Spoog will be back as the Quakes mascot this season.? Another key to Dodgers success will come down to Spoog

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