Colorado Rockies announce Minor League staff for 2016 season

Changes include a new High-A supervisor and two new managers

The Colorado Rockies announced their Minor League staff for the 2016 season today. The announcement includes a new High-A Supervisor of Development, a change in managers at two different levels and four new hitting coaches, three of which are to be determined.

Andy Gonzalez will be the new manager for Short-Season Boise. This will be the first managerial position for Gonzalez, who made his coaching debut in 2015 as the hitting coach for Boise. Gonzalez played professionally for 13 seasons, having been originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the fifth round of 2001 First-Year Player Draft. The Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico native played in parts of three seasons at the Major League level with Chicago-AL (2007), Cleveland (2008) and Florida (2009).

The new manager for Rookie-Level Grand Junction will be Frank Gonzales, who spent 2015 as the manager for Single-A Boise. This will be the fourth season in the Rockies organization for Gonzales, who served as the pitching coach at former Short-Season affiliate Tri-City in 2013 and 2014. Gonzalez, a native of La Junta, Colo., played professionally for eight years after being drafted out of Colorado State University by the Detroit Tigers in the 16th round of the 1989 First-Year Player Draft. Prior to being hired as a coach by the Rockies, he spent four years (2009-2012) as Head Baseball Coach at Fort Collins High School and seven years as the head coach of Colorado State's club baseball team. His son Marco Gonzales is currently a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

Anthony Sanders will begin his first season as the Supervisor of High-A Development after previously serving three seasons as the manager for Rookie-Level Grand Junction from 2013-15. He was named the Pioneer League Manager of the Year following the 2014 season after guiding the Rockies to a 43-33 overall record. Sanders began his career with the Rockies as the hitting coach at Short-Season Tri-City from 2007-12. The former Major League outfielder was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 1992 First-Year Player Draft and played three seasons in the Major Leagues with Toronto (1999) and Seattle (2000-01).

Lee Stevens will begin his first season as the hitting coach for High-A Modesto, his fourth season overall in the Rockies organization. Stevens was previously the hitting coach for three seasons with Rookie-Level Grand Junction. The former first-round draft pick of the California Angels in 1986 played eight years in the Major Leagues with California (1990-92), Texas (1996-99), Montreal (2000-02) and Cleveland (2002) and has 17 total years in professional baseball.

Below is a complete list of the Rockies Minor League staff with the changes for 2016 in bold. For those who have changed positions, the title he held in 2015 is in parentheses.

ORGANIZATIONAL STAFF

Director of Pitching Operations - Mark Wiley

Pitching Coordinator - Doug Linton

Assistant Pitching Coordinator - Bob Apodaca

Hitting Coordinator - Duane Espy

Catching Coordinator - Mark Strittmatter

Rehabilitation Coordinator - Scott Murayama

Assistant Rehabilitation Coordinator - Andy Stover

Physical Performance Coordinator - Brian Buck

Assistant Video Coordinator - Jeff Nelson

Supervisor of Cultural Development - Josh Rosenthal

Cultural Education Coordinator - Angel Amparo

Mental Skills Coordinator - TBD

Equipment Manager - Jerry Bass

ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES (AAA)  

Manager - Glenallen Hill  

Pitching Coach - Darryl Scott  

Hitting Coach - TBD  

Medical Trainer - Heath Townsend

HARTFORD YARD GOATS (AA)

Supervisor - Ron Gideon

Manager - Darin Everson

Hitting Coach - Jeff Salazar

Medical Trainer - Billy Whitehead

MODESTO NUTS (A+)   

Supervisor - Anthony Sanders (Grand Junction Manager)  

Manager - Fred Ocasio  

Pitching Coach - Brandon Emanuel   

Hitting Coach - Lee Stevens (Grand Junction Hitting Coach)    

Medical Trainer - Josh Guterman  

ASHEVILLE TOURISTS (A)

Supervisor - Marv Foley

Manager - Warren Schaeffer

Pitching Coach - Mark Brewer

Hitting Coach - Mike Devereaux

Medical Trainer - Casey Papas

BOISE HAWKS (SS-A)     

Supervisor - Fred Nelson   

Manager - Andy Gonzalez (Boise Hitting Coach)   

Pitching Coach - Doug Jones  

Hitting Coach - TBD   

Medical Trainer - Mickey Clarizio  

GRAND JUNCTION ROCKIES (R)

Supervisor - Tony Diaz

Manager - Frank Gonzales (Boise Manager)

Pitching Coach - Ryan Kibler

 Hitting Coach - TBD

 Medical Trainer - John Duff

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE (R)

Field Coordinator - Edison Lora

Manager - Mauricio Gonzalez

Coach - Eugenio Jose

Coach - Florentino Nunez

Medical Trainer - Andri Guevara

Medical Trainer - Arnaldo Gomez