White Sox promote Buddy Bell
The Chicago White Sox have promoted Buddy Bell to Vice President, Player Development and Special Assignments, Nick Capra to Director of Player Development, the position previously held by Bell, and Kirk Champion to the role of Minor League Field Coordinator, replacing Capra.
Bell enters his fifth consecutive season in the White Sox organization and eighth overall. He served as director of player development from 2009-11 and director of minor league instruction in 2008, a position he also held with the Sox from 1991-93. Bell will continue to oversee all facets of the White Sox player development and minor league system.
"Since he rejoined the White Sox, Buddy's role in the organization has continually evolved and expanded," said Ken Williams, White Sox Senior Vice President and General Manager. "Buddy and his staff have played an integral part in developing our young talent, and he has been a great resource for me on special scouting assignments as well. This move reflects the confidence we have in Buddy, as well as Nick and Kirk, who have been very successful and have been well-respected members of our organization for many years."
Capra, who begins his 17th season in the White Sox organization, served as the minor-league field coordinator for the last three seasons (2009-11). He worked as assistant director of minor-league instruction under Bell in 2008 and minor-league hitting coordinator from 2006-07.
Champion has spent the last nine seasons (2003-11) as the White Sox minor-league pitching coordinator after serving as a pitching coach in the organization's player development system for 14 years (1989-2002).
Below is an updated listing of the White Sox Player Development staff:
Player Development Instructors
Buddy Bell - Vice President, Player Development and Special Assignments
Nick Capra - Director, Player Development
Kirk Champion - Field Coordinator
Curt Hasler - Pitching Coordinator
Tim Laker - Hitting Coordinator
Daryl Boston - Outfield Instructor
Ever Magallanes - Infield Instructor
John Orton - Catching Instructor
Devon White - Baserunning Instructor
Scott Takao - Minor League Medical/Rehab. Coordinator
Dale Torborg - Conditioning Coordinator
Geronimo Mendoza - Latin Culture Coordinator
Robbie Cummings, Jerry Hairston, Chet DiEmidio - Coaching Assistants