Blue Jays announce Minor League appointments

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS announce the following additions to their minor league field staffs for the 2015 season. MIKE MORDECAI has assumed the role of Coordinator of Instruction for the minor league system, while DANNY SOLANO takes over as Roving Infield Coach. AARON MATHEWS returns to the organization after his playing career as hitting coach for Bluefield. FRED McGRIFF has accepted a consultant position with the Atlanta Braves organization. The five-time All-Star, tied with Lou Gehrig for 27th on the all-time HR list was in an advisory role with the Blue Jays in 2013-14.

MORDECAI, is promoted into the role of Coordinator of Instruction after five seasons serving as Minor League Infield Coordinator in the Blue Jays organization. Recognized for his contributions to the organization following the 2013 season, the two-time World Series Champion was awarded the Bobby Mattick Award for excellence in Player Development. Mike has been invaluable to many key Toronto infield prospects, developing their overall defensive game via his vast experience and dedication to his craft.

SOLANO, will serve as Roving Infield Coach for 2015. The San Cristobal, Dominican Republic native has been in the Blue Jays organization since 2007, primarily as a coach with the Gulf Coast squad. Solano was signed by the Blue Jays in 1996 and spent nine seasons playing in the minors as a middle infielder prior to joining the coaching ranks.

MATHEWS, joins the Blue Jays after spending seven seasons playing at all levels in the Blue Jays minor league system. Drafted by Toronto in 2004, the John Day, Oregon native posted a .282 career average with a .744 OPS. Mathews has spent the past two college seasons as an Undergraduate Assistant Coach at Oregon State University where he also played prior to being drafted.

A complete list of the Blue Jays 2015 player development staff is as follows:



Field Coordinator                                                        Doug Davis

Senior Advisor                                                                        Rich Miller

Coordinator of Instruction                                           Mike Mordecai

Pitching Coordinator                                                   Sal Fasano

Hitting Coordinator                                                     Mike Barnett

Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator                             Tim Raines

Senior Pitching Advisor                                              Rick Langford

Rehab Pitching Coach                                                Darold Knowles

Infield Coach                                                               Danny Solano

Hitting Coach                                                              Steve Springer

Athletic Training & Rehab Coordinator                       Jeffrey Stevenson

Asst. Athletic Training & Rehab Coordinator              Jose Ministral

Strength & Conditioning Coordinator                          Donovan Santas

Asst. Strength & Conditioning Coordinator                Scott Weberg

Equipment Manager                                                   Billy Wardlow


BUFFALO                                                                  NEW HAMPSHIRE

Manager:         Gary Allenson                                     Manager:         Bobby Meacham

Pitching:          Randy St. Claire                                 Pitching:          Bob Stanley

Hitting:             Richie Hebner                                     Hitting:             Stubby Clapp

Trainer:            Voon Chong                                        Trainer:            Robert Tarpey

S and C:          Jason Dowse                                      S and C:          Brian Pike


DUNEDIN                                                                   LANSING

Manager:         Omar Malave                                      Manager:         Ken Huckaby

Pitching:          Vince Horsman                                   Pitching:          Jeff Ware

Hitting:             John Tamargo Jr.                               Hitting:             Kenny Graham

Trainer:            Shawn McDermott                             Trainer:            Drew MacDonald


VANCOUVER                                                                        BLUEFIELD                                                  

Manager:         John Schneider                                   Manager:         Dennis Holmberg       

Pitching:          Jim Czajkowski                                   Pitching:          Antonio Caceres        

Hitting:             Dave Pano                                          Hitting:             Aaron Mathews

Trainer:            Reggie Mungrue                                 Trainer:            Julian Varela


GULF COAST                                                                                              

Manager:         Cesar Martin                          

Pitching:          Willie Collazo                                      

Hitting:             Paul Elliott                                                                  

Trainer:            Jon Woodworth          



Field Coordinator:                               Pablo Cruz

Manager:                                             Jose Mateo

Pitching Coach:                                  Rafael Lazo

Hitting Coach:                                     Carlos Villalobos

Coach:                                                Julio Germosen

Trainer:                                                Darwin Tavarez

Assistant Trainer:                                Ysidro Reyes

S&C Coach:                                        Imbewer Alvarez

Assistant S&C Coach:                        Miguel Martinez