Twins Announce Minor League Staff Assignments

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced today that their minor league managerial and coaching positions have been filled for the 2015 season.

                Mike Quade will manage the Twins Triple-A affiliate Rochester Red Wings (International League). Quade spent 2013 as a roving outfield and baserunning instructor for the New York Yankees. Prior to that, he served as Chicago Cubs Manager from 2010-11, Cubs coach from 2007-10, Triple-A Iowa (Cubs) manager from 2003-07, Oakland Athletics coach from 2000-02 and a minor league manager at various levels from 1985-99.  Marty Mason begins his third season as Red Wings pitching coach and 30th as a coach at the professional level. Mason was the pitching coach for Single-A Daytona (Cubs) from 2011-12 and spent 25 years in the St. Louis organization, including 11 as the Cardinals bullpen coach from 2000-10. Tim Doherty will begin his third season as hitting coach for the Wings after spending 2012 as a coaching assistant for the Boston Red Sox. Prior to that, he was a manager and coach for nine seasons with the Kansas City T-Bones (American Association). Larry Bennese will begin his third season as the Red Wings trainer, after spending 2011-12 at Double-A. 2015 will be Bennese's 20th season in the Twins organization. Tyler Donahue will spend his second season with Triple-A Rochester after spending the previous two seasons with Double-A.

                Doug Mientkiewicz returns for his third year as a manager in the Twins organization, and first as manager of the newest Twins affiliate, the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League). Mientkiewicz managed Single-A Ft. Myers to the Florida State League championship in 2014 and was previously with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, where he was the hitting coach for the Ogden Raptors (Pioneer League) in 2012. Mientkiewicz played 12 seasons in the major leagues, including parts of seven seasons with the Twins from 1998-2004. Stu Cliburn returns for his seventh consecutive season as pitching coach, a position he also held from 1999-2005, after spending 2006-08 as Rochester's pitching coach. Chad Allen returns as the Double-A hitting coach. He played seven years in the major leagues, including three years with the Twins from 1999-2001. Chris Johnson returns for his third season as trainer for the Twins Double-A affiliate. He has been with the Twins since 2006 and spent two seasons with Ft. Myers from 2011-12. Dax Fiore will continue as the Double-A strength and conditioning coach, his second year with Twins Double-A affiliate.

                Jeff Smith will begin his 10th year as a manager in the Twins organization as he returns to the Single-A Ft. Myers Miracle (Florida State League) where he also managed from 2008-09. He has also previously managed at Double-A New Britain (2010-14) and Single-A Beloit (2006-07). Ivan Arteaga begins his first season as pitching coach of the Miracle, and his 15th season as a pitching coach in the Twins organization, after spending 2014 with the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League). Jim Dwyer will begin his 10th season as hitting coach at Ft. Myers, after spending nine as the Twins minor league hitting coordinator. Alan Rail will begin his third season as the Miracle trainer after eight seasons with Beloit (2005-12) and one with Elizabethton (2004).

                Jake Mauer will begin his eighth year as a manager in the Twins system and third as manager of the Twins Single-A affiliate Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League). Mauer was manager at Ft. Myers from 2010-12, managed the GCL Twins from 2008-09 and also coached three seasons in the GCL. Former Twins minor leaguer Henry Bonilla will begin his first season as a pitching coach for the Kernels after spending 2013-14 with Rookie Level Elizabethton and 2012 with the GCL Twins. Tommy Watkins will begin his sixth season as hitting coach, after playing in the Twins system from 1998-2009. Curtis Simondet will begin his second season as the Cedar Rapids trainer after spending 2013 at Elizabethton and 2011-12 in the GCL.

                Ray Smith returns as manager for the Rookie Level Elizabethton Twins (Appalachian League). Smith, who will be in his 29th season on staff for Elizabethton, has a career managerial record of 866-556 (.609), with 12 first place finishes in 21 seasons. Luis Ramirez will join Elizabethton as pitching coach after spending 2014 with the GCL Twins and holding the same title in 2013 with the Twins Venezuelan Baseball Academy. Jeff Reed returns to Elizabethton for his 13th season as hitting coach. Stephen Taylor begins his second season as the trainer in Elizabethton, after spending 2013 season with the GCL Twins.

                Ramon Borrego will begin his sixth season with the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Twins, and fifth season as manager. He will also run the Twins extended Spring Training program. Riccardo Ingram returns for his 18th season in the Twins organization and begins his third year as a hitting coach with the GCL Twins. Virgil Vasquez begins his first season in the Twins organization as pitching coach for the GCL Twins after finishing his playing career with the Twins from 2012-14. Vasquez played parts of two seasons in the majors with Detroit and Pittsburgh, combining to go 2-6, 6.60 ERA (61.1 IP, 45 ER) in 19 appearances (10 starts) in 2007 and 2009. J.P. Martinez will begin his first season as pitching coach in the Twins system after playing in the Twins minor leagues from 2004-2007. Axel Lopez will begin his second year as the Twins GCL trainer.

                In addition, Joel Lepel returns for his 10th year as the Twins minor league field coordinator, Eric Rasmussen returns for his seventh season as pitching coordinator, and former Twin and Orioles Manager Sam Perlozzo will return as the minor league infield and baserunning coordinator for the second year. Chad Jackson enters his 13th season with the Twins and third as the club's head minor league trainer and rehab coordinator. He spent the 2011-2012 seasons as the Red Wings trainer. Erik Beiser will begin his third season as minor league strength and conditioning coordinator, after spending the 2012 season with Rochester. Corey Dietze will begin his second year as the club's minor league rehab assistant. Jose Marzan returns for his 11th season as the Twins Latin America operations coordinator. He will oversee the Twins field staff and academy personnel in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, as well as the club's cultural assimilation program. David Jeffrey will begin his first season as the minor league video coordinator. Brian Maloney enters his 10th season, second as Senior Manager of Florida Operations. Dave Ringler returns for his 19th season as equipment manager. 

                Former Twins great Tony Oliva will continue in his role as hitting coach, in addition to his community relations activities with the club. Also, former manager Tom Kelly will return as special assistant to the general manager.