Rays name Minors staff, with big change at Triple-A

Durham manager Sandberg replaces longtime skipper Montoyo after promotion to Majors

Rays name Minors staff, with big change at Triple-A

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jared Sandberg will have big shoes to fill as Triple-A Durham's new manager. The former infielder for the Rays and Bulls will be the skipper to follow Charlie Montoyo, the winningest manager in Bulls history.

Sandberg's new position highlighted Wednesday's announcement of the Minor League staffs in the Rays' farm system for 2015. Montoyo has been promoted to the Major League coaching staff, which brought about the vacancy at Tampa Bay's top farm club.

"Charlie has done a tremendous job," Sandberg said. "So, definitely big shoes to fill. I'm excited about the job and I think I'm ready for the job."

Sandberg is beginning his 20th season in professional baseball and seventh as a manager in the Rays' organization. He managed Class A Advanced Charlotte of the Florida State League in 2014 after guiding Class A Bowling Green to the Midwest League playoffs in 2013 and winning the New York-Penn League title with Hudson Valley (short-season Class A) in 2012.

"It's great that we have very capable men in our organization that when staff move on or get promoted, we have very capable men to promote," farm director Mitch Lukevics said.

Helping Sandberg oversee Durham's defense of the International League South title will be pitching coach Kyle Snyder, who joins the Bulls' staff in his fourth year with Tampa Bay after serving as a pitching coordinator in 2014. He replaces Neil Allen, who was named pitching coach for the Twins. Snyder served as pitching coach for Sandberg at Bowling Green and Hudson Valley.

Coach Dave Myers returns for his seventh year with the Rays' organization, all with the Bulls. Athletic trainer Mike Sandoval and conditioning coach Bryan King are also returning to the Bulls.

Double-A Montgomery will be managed by Brady Williams, who returns for a second season with the Biscuits. Returning with him will be pitching coach R.C. Lichtenstein and coach Ozzie Timmons, a Tampa native and former Tampa Bay outfielder. Athletic trainer Kris Russell, who was named Southern League Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2014, starts his fourth season with Montgomery.

Michael Johns will manage Charlotte, beginning his eighth season in the Rays' system in a coaching or managerial capacity. He spent last season as the manager of Bowling Green. Also returning to the Stone Crabs' staff are pitching coach Steve Watson, coach Joe Szekely and athletic trainer Scott Thurston. Conditioning coach Justin Weiss joins the staff full time after two years as a seasonal assistant at Montgomery.

The Bowling Green Hot Rods' new manager, Reinaldo Ruiz, takes the helm after 10 years coaching in the Rays and Astros organizations. Pitching coach Bill Moloney and coach Dan DeMent will return to the staff, as will athletic trainer Nick Flynn, who was named Midwest League Athletic Trainer of the Year for 2014.

Tim Parenton will again lead Hudson Valley after leading the Renegades to a first-place finish in the McNamara Division in his first year as a professional manager. Pitching coach Brian Reith joins the organization to begin his coaching career after a 14-year career as a right-handed pitcher, including parts of three seasons in the Majors with the Reds. Coach Manny Castillo and athletic trainer Brian Newman also return to the staff.

Princeton (Rookie League) will again be managed by Danny Sheaffer, who guided the P-Rays to a first-place finish in the East Division in 2014, their first postseason appearance since 1998. Pitching coach Jose Gonzalez returns, and coach Craig Albernaz joins the staff after a nine-year career as a professional catcher, eight of which he spent in Tampa Bay's organization. Athletic trainer James Ramsdell also returns to Princeton.

Jim Morrison will again manage the Gulf Coast League Rays. Pitching coach Marty DeMerritt, coach Wuarnner Rincones, athletic trainer Jeremy Spencer and conditioning coach Ryan Thomas are all returning to the Gulf Coast team. Athletic trainer Shinichiro Fukuda joins the staff full time after serving as a seasonal assistant to assist with extended spring camp, the Gulf Coast League, the Florida State League and the instructional leagues, and to facilitate player rehabilitation at Charlotte Sports Park.

Jorge Moncada has been promoted to assistant pitching coordinator within the organization after serving as pitching coach in 2013-14 for Hudson Valley.

Field coordinators will include Jim Hoff and Bill Evers. Pitching coordinators will be Dick Bosman and Dewey Robinson. Steve Livesey and Chad Mottola are the hitting coordinators. Paul Hoover is the catching coordinator and Skeeter Barnes is the outfield/baserunning coordinator.

Joe Benge is the medical training coordinator and Joel Smith the rehabilitation coordinator. Chris Tomashoff is the Latin America medical coordinator and Jairo De La Rosa is the Latin America cultural liaison.

Trung Cao will be the strength and conditioning coordinator, Tim McKechney will serve as the equipment manager, and Shane Rossetti will be the assistant equipment manager.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.