Nationals Announce 2016 Minor League Staff

The Washington Nationals named their Minor League managers, coaches and coordinators for the 2016 season on Thursday. Nationals Vice President and Senior Advisor to the General Manager Bob Boone, Assistant General Manager and Vice President, Player Personnel Doug Harris and Director of Player Development Mark Scialabba made the joint announcement.

The Nationals named Randy Knorr Senior Advisor to the General Manager, Player Development. Knorr moves to this role after spending the previous four seasons (2012-15) as Washington's bench coach. Prior to that, he managed six seasons (2005-11) in the Nationals' farm system, where he had a hand in the development of many of the Nationals' homegrown Major League players. Knorr also served as Washington's bullpen coach for the final three months of the 2006 season and the entire 2009 campaign.

In addition, the Nationals made the following changes to their Minor League staff:

· Brian Daubach was named the hitting coach at Triple-A Syracuse. He previously served as Double-A Harrisburg's   manager.

· Matt LeCroy was named the manager of Double-A Harrisburg. He previously served as Washington's bullpen coach.

· Brian Rupp was named Double-A Harrisburg's hitting coach. He previously served as Single-A Potomac's hitting coach.

· Luis Ordaz was promoted to Single-A Potomac's hitting coach. He previously served as Single-A Hagerstown's hitting coach.

· Amaury Garcia was named Single-A Hagerstown's hitting coach. He previously served as short-season Single-A Auburn's hitting coach.

· RJ Guyer was named Single-A Hagerstown's strength coach. He previously served as short-season Single-A Auburn's strength coach.

· Jerad Head was named short-season Single-A Auburn's manager. He spent the 2015 season as a coach with the GCL Nationals.

· Mark Harris was named short-season Single-A Auburn's hitting coach. He previously served as Double-A Harrisburg's hitting coach.

· Josh Johnson was named manager of the GCL Nationals. He embarks on his first season as a manager after a 12-year minor league career, including the previous six seasons (2010-15) in Washington's system.

· Michael Barrett will assume the role of full-time catching coordinator. He split time between that role and the manager of the GCL Nationals in 2015.