Angels announce Minor League staffs

Angels announce Minor League staffs

The Angels announced their Minor League coaching staffs on Friday, including the staff for Double-A Mobile in the club's first season in the organization.

Sal Fasano, a catcher for nine Major League teams from 1996-2008, is the new manager of the Mobile BayBears. Fasano spent the past two years as a pitching coordinator in the Blue Jays' Minor League system. He was previously named Double-A Manager of the Year with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2011, and also managed the Class A Lansing Lugnuts in 2009. Fasano will be joined by Buddy Carlyle (pitching coach), Ryan Barba (hitting coach), Matt Morrell (trainer) and Adam Auer (strength and conditioning).

Manager Keith Johnson returns for his second season with Triple-A Salt Lake after a previous stint as the Bees' manager from 2011-14. Johnson will work alongside pitching coach Erik Bennett, trainer Brian Reinker and strength and conditioning coach Andrew Chappell for a second consecutive year. Lou Marson, a catcher for 10 years with the Indians and Phillies, will take over for Tom Tornincasa as the team's hitting coach.

Chad Tracy will helm Class A Advanced Inland Empire for a second season, joined by Michael Wuertz (pitching) and newcomers Brian Betancourth (hitting), Yusuke Takahashi (trainer) and Daniel Escobar (strength and conditioning). For Class A Burlington, returning manager Adam Melhuse, pitching coach Jairo Cuevas, trainer Richard Gill and strength and conditioning coach Adam Smith will be joined by new hitting coach Travis Adair.

The defending Pioneer League champion Orem Owlz will have a new manager, as Tom Nieto takes over for Dave Stapleton. Nieto will have Michael Burns and Jonathan Van Eaton as his pitching coaches in 2017, along with hitting coaches Manny Del Campo and Matt Spring.

Stapleton will manage Rookie League Tempe with coaches Ray Olmedo, Jordan Osegura, Nick Parent and John Slusarz, alongside trainer Chris Wells and strength and conditioning coach Sergio Rojas. Hector De La Cruz will manage the Angels' club in the Dominican Summer League.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.