Padres finalize coaching staffs for Minor League affiliates

Padres finalize coaching staffs for Minor League affiliates

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres finalized their Minor League coaching staffs Friday for their Class A affiliates in Lake Elsinore of the California League and Fort Wayne of the Midwest League.

The team announced that Michael Collins will move from manager in Fort Wayne to the same capacity in Lake Elsinore. He previously managed the team's Arizona League entry in 2013 and the Dominican Summer League affiliate in 2012 and also managed in the Australian Baseball League.

Former Major League pitcher Glendon Rusch will serve as the pitching coach in Lake Elsinore with Rod Barajas, another former big leaguer, serving as the hitting coach.

Rusch, who is making his professional coaching debut, pitched for 12 seasons in the big leagues with six teams: Royals (1997-99), Mets (1999-2001), Brewers (2002-03), Cubs (2004-06), Padres (2008) and Rockies (2008-09). After his playing career, Rusch started the Full Count Baseball Academy in Southern California.

Barajas is entering his second season with the organization. He started last season as the manager of the Arizona League entry and then moved to become the hitting coach in Lake Elsinore in June. Barajas, who caught 14 seasons in the big leagues, played for the D-backs (1999-2003), Rangers (2004-06), Phillies (2007), Blue Jays (2008-09), Mets (2010), Dodgers, (2010-11) and Pirates (2012).

Francisco Morales will take over as the first-year manager in Fort Wayne. He spent last season as hitting coach in Double-A San Antonio after serving as a coach in the Indians and D-backs systems from 2006-13.

Morales' pitching coach will be former big leaguer Burt Hooton, who will begin his third season in that capacity in Fort Wayne. Hooton spent 15 years in the big leagues with the Cubs (1971-75), Dodgers (1975-84) and Rangers (1985).

Lance Burkhart will be the hitting instructor as a first-time professional coach in affiliated baseball. He managed the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League last season.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.