Player development staff for Indians announced

CLEVELAND -- From top to bottom, the Indians have undergone changes in the leadership structure of their farm system for the upcoming season.

On Tuesday, Cleveland unveiled its staffing plans for the player development department, which includes a new Carolina League affiliate in Class A Advanced, the Lynchburg Hillcats. Mark Budzinski, who managed Class A Lake County last season, has been promoted to the same role with Lynchburg, which was added to the fold after the Indians and Carolina Mudcats parted ways.

Budzinski's move to Lynchburg paved the way for Shaun Larkin -- Lake County's hitting coach last season -- to move into the Captains' managerial role. While the Indians have yet to anounce a hitting coach for Lynchburg, the club did name Tony Arnold its new pitching coach for the Hillcats after he filled the same role with Triple-A Columbus in the previous two seasons.

Taking over as Columbus' pitching coach will be Carl Willis, who served as Cleveland's Major League pitching coach in the 2003-09 seasons. Willis held that same job with the Seattle Mariners' big league staff from 2010-13 before returning to the Indians as a special assistant to the baseball operations staff last year.

Two more notable changes in the managerial structure include Scooter Tucker's move to the role of catching coordinator and Travis Fryman's return to managing with Class A short-season Mahoning Valley. Tucker served as a manager for Lake County (2013) and Carolina ('14) in the previous two years, while Fryman had worked as a special assistant and infield coordinator over the past four seasons. Fryman last managed Mahoning Valley in the 2008-10 seasons.

Chris Tremie (third season) and Dave Wallace (second season) will return as the managers for Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron, respectively. Likewise, Anthony Medrano will renew his role as the manager of the Arizona League (Rookie level) Indians for a fifth season.

The Indians announced earlier this offseason that Ross Atkins has been promoted to the role of vice president of player personnel. That opened the door for Carter Hawkins to take over for Atkins as Cleveland's director of player development. Eric Binder, who joined the baseball operations staff in 2013 as an intern, will assume Hawkins' former role as the assistant director of player development this year for the Tribe.

Below is the list of Cleveland's 2015 player development staff:

Front office
Vice president, player personnel: Atkins
Director, player development: Hawkins
Assistant director, player development: Binder
Director, administration: Wendy Hoppel
Administrative assistant: Nilda Taffanelli

Field coordinator: Tom Wiedenbauer
Pitching coordinator: Ruben Niebla
Lower-level pitching coordinator: Julio Rangel
Performance coach: Ceci Clark
Hitting coordinator: Jim Rickon
Strength and conditioning: Todd Kubacki
Rehab coordinator: Thomas Albert
Pitching programs, rehab: Ken Knutson
Strength and conditioning, Latin America: Nelson Perez
Catching coordinator: Scooter Tucker
Special assistant: Tim Belcher
Special assistant: Edwin Rodriguez
Advisor: Jhonny Goryl
Advisor: Minnie Mendoza
Advisor:Tim Tolman

Triple-A Columbus
Manager: Tremie
Pitching coach: Willis
Hitting coach: Rouglas Odor
Athletic trainer: Chad Wolfe
Strength and conditioning: Ed Subel

Double-A Akron
Manager: Wallace
Pitching coach: Jeff Harris
Hitting coach: Tony Mansolino
Athletic trainer: Jeremy Heller
Strength and conditioning: Jake Sankel

Class A Advanced Lynchburg
Manager: Budzinski
Pitching coach: Arnold
Hitting coach: TBD
Athletic trainer: Bobby Ruiz
Strength and conditioning: Scott Nealon

Class A Lake County
Manager: Larkin
Pitching coach: Steve Karsay
Hitting coach: TBD
Athletic trainer: Matt Beauregard
Strength and conditioning: Paul Synenkyj

Class A short-season Mahoning Valley
Manager: Fryman
Pitching coach: Greg Hibbard
Hitting coach: Larry Day
Athletic trainer: Jake Legan
Strength and conditioning: Juan Acevado

Arizona League (Rookie)
Manager: Medrano
Pitching coach: Rigo Beltran
Hitting coach: Junior Betances
Hitting coach: Dennis Malave
Hitting coach: Bobby Magallanes
Athletic trainer: Ted Blackwell
Rehab strength: Pat Trainor
Strength and conditioning: Cesar Yepez

Dominican Summer League (Rookie)
Field coordinator: Jose Mejia
Pitching coach:Jesus Sanchez
Pitching coach: Carlos Yan
Hitting coach: Danny Bautista
Infield coach: Carlos Fermin
Outfield, baserunning coach: Jesus Tavarez
Tryout coach: Lionel Vargas
Strength and conditioning: Hasani Torres
Assistant, strength and conditioning: Fernando Cabral
Athletic trainer: Gabriel Garcia

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.