Astros announce Minors staff changes, adds

HOUSTON -- The Astros on Tuesday announced several additions and changes to their Minor League field staff for the 2016 season.

Among the coaches and managers in new roles are pitching coach Dave Borkowski (Double-A Corpus Christi), manager Ramon Vazquez (Class A Advanced Lancaster), manager Omar Lopez (Class A Quad Cities), pitching coach Chris Holt (Quad Cities), manager Josh Bonifay (Rookie-level Greeneville), coach/Latin infield instructor Wladimir Sutil (Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Astros) and manager Russ Steinhorn (Dominican Summer League).

The Astros also made five new hires, naming Drew French pitching coach at Class A Short-Season Tri-City, Dillon Lawson hitting coach at Tri-City, Bill Murphy pitching coach at Greeneville, Aaron DelGiudice development coach at Triple-A Fresno and Lancaster, and Tommy Kawamura development coach at Corpus Christi and Quad Cities.

Following a 2015 season in which he led Lancaster to its fourth consecutive postseason appearance, Lopez returns to Quad Cities in 2016, a post he filled during the 2013-14 seasons. Vazquez has spent the last two seasons as a developmental specialist with Lancaster and will be managing for the first time in pro ball.

Bonifay, who managed Quad Cities in 2015 and earned Midwest League Coach of the Year honors, will manage Greeneville for his third overall season (also 2013-14).

Borkowski, the former Astros pitcher, moves up to Double-A following four seasons as pitching coach at Quad Cities.

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