Colorado Rockies announce 2017 Minor League staff
The Colorado Rockies announced their Minor League staff for the 2017 season today. The announcement includes a new pitching coordinator, new managers at the Double-A and Short-Season levels, as well as a new Rookie Level supervisor. Additionally, the Rockies are announcing 10 other personnel changes.
- Darryl Scott, who served as pitching coach for Triple-A Albuquerque over the previous two seasons, begins his first season as a pitching coordinator. He will work alongside Doug Linton, who will return to the role for the fifth consecutive season. Prior to joining the Triple-A staff in 2015, Scott occupied the same role for Double-A Tulsa from 2014-15. He originally signed with the California Angels in 1990 as an undrafted free agent, and made 16 appearances for the Angels that season.
- Jerry Weinstein will be the new manager for Double-A Hartford after serving as a special instructor to player development in 2016. He was the supervisor of development at High-A Modesto in 2015, an offensive coordinator in 2014, a Major League catching coach from 2012-13 and was the manager for High-A Modesto from 2007-11. He will manage Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
- Scott Little will be the new manager for Short-Season Boise after serving as the club's hitting coach in 2016, his first season in the Rockies organization. Little previously served as an amateur scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers for seven years (2009-15). Prior to scouting, Little spent 17 years in player development as an outfield coordinator and Major and Minor League field coordinator. He managed for 12 seasons in the Minor Leagues for Pittsburgh (1992-2001), Los Angeles-NL (2002-05), Washington (2006-07) and Texas (2008,) where he earned Texas League Manager of the Year. Drafted by the New York Mets in 1984, he played professionally for eight seasons in the Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations, and made his Major League debut July 27, 1984 at New York-NL as a member of the Pirates.
- Andy Gonzalez will be the new supervisor of development for Rookie Level Grand Junction. This will be his third season with the Rockies organization, as he spent the previous two seasons with Short-Season Boise (2016 as manager, 2015 as hitting coach). He was originally drafted by Chicago-AL in 2001 and went on to play professionally for 13 seasons, including parts of three Major League seasons with Chicago-AL (2007), Cleveland (2008) and Florida (2009).
- Mark Brewer will be the new pitching coach for Albuquerque after serving three seasons as Asheville's pitching coach. Brewer came to Colorado after serving as the pitching coach for Triple-A Buffalo in the New York Mets organization, and he has over 20 years of professional pitching coach experience with Los Angeles-NL (1993-99, 2001-04), Texas (1999-2000), Kansas City (2004-05), Pittsburgh (2008-09) and New York-NL (2006-08, 2009-12).
- Darin Everson will be the new hitting coach for Albuquerque as he enters his 20th year in professional baseball. He spent the past two seasons as the manager for Double-A Hartford & New Britain after serving the previous two seasons as Double-A Tulsa's hitting coach (2013-14). He played catcher and first base in parts of seven Minor League and independent league seasons.
- Tim Doherty will be the new hitting coach for Hartford in his second season in the Rockies organization. He spent the 2016 season as the hitting coach at Rookie Level Grand Junction after spending the previous three seasons in the Minnesota Twins organization. Prior to joining the Twins, he served as the assistant to Boston Red Sox Hitting Coach Dave Magadan in 2012.
- Ryan Kibler will be the new pitching coach for Low-A Asheville after serving as the pitching coach in Rookie Level Grand Junction for the past five seasons. He originally joined the Grand Junction Rockies in 2012 after the club moved from Casper, Wyo. He was drafted by Colorado in the second round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft and spent his entire four-year playing career in the Rockies organization.
- Norberto Martin will be the new hitting coach for Low-A Asheville in his first season in the Rockies organization. Prior to joining the Rockies, he served as the hitting coach for Rookie Level Helena (Milwaukee affiliate) in 2004 and then again from 2007-08. The infielder was originally signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1984 and played parts of seven seasons with Chicago-AL (1993-1997), Anaheim (1998) and Toronto (1999).
- Bob Apodaca is the new pitching coach for Boise in what will be his 45th season overall in professional baseball. He was previously the assistant pitching coordinator for the Rockies for four seasons from 2013-16. Prior to that role he was the Rockies' Major League pitching coach for 10 seasons (2003-12). He spent his entire professional playing career with the Mets and appeared in parts of five seasons at the Major League level from 1973-77.
- Mike Devereaux is a new coach for Boise in his sixth season in the Rockies organization. He was previously the hitting coach at Low-A Asheville after spending two seasons in the Orioles organization as a field coach at Single-A Frederick and Low-A Delmarva. He played parts of 12 Major League seasons with Los Angeles-NL (1987-88, 1998), Baltimore (1989-94, 1996), Chicago-AL (1995), Atlanta (1995) and Texas (1997).
- Robinson Cancel will begin his first season with the Rockies organization as a coach for Boise. He was the manager of Rookie Level Danville (Atlanta affiliate) in 2016. Originally drafted by Milwaukee in 1994, the catcher played parts of four Major League seasons with Milwaukee (1999), New York-NL (2008-09) and Houston (2011).
- Doug Jones will be the new pitching coach for Rookie Level Grand Junction after spending the previous two seasons as the Boise pitching coach. Prior to that, he was a special assistant in the Minor Leagues for Arizona for three seasons (2006-08). He played parts of 16 Major League seasons with the Milwaukee (1982, 1996-98), Cleveland (1986-91, 1998), Houston (1992-93), Philadelphia (1994), Baltimore (1995), Chicago-NL (1996) and Oakland (1999-2000).
- Lee Stevens will be the new hitting coach for Grand Junction, his second stint in the position after serving as hitting coach from 2013-15 and then making a stint as hitting coach for Boise in 2016. Stevens is a former first-round draft pick of the California Angels in 1986, and he played parts of eight seasons in the Major Leagues with California (1990-92), Texas (1996-99), Montreal (2000-02) and Cleveland (2002).