Nats make minor league coaching changes

December 20, 2013
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The Nationals added two new managers to their minor league system and promoted several coaches from within Friday as they announced new coaching staffs for all of their affiliates.

The Nationals’ largest hole was created after former Class AAA Manager Tony Beasley was reassigned as a roving instructor. The Nationals replaced him with Billy Gardner Jr., who for the past seven seasons managed Tampa’s Class AA affiliate.

The Nationals filled their Class AA Harrisburg opening, vacated when Matt LeCroy became Washington’s bullpen coach, by promoting former big leaguer Brian Daubach from Class A Potomac.

At lower levels, former players from the franchise filled open spots. Former Nationals starter Tim Redding – who, incredibly, still ranks eighth on the team’s all-time wins list – will take over as the pitching coach at rookie ball affiliate Auburn. Also, former Expos catcher Michael Barrett will become the manager of the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League team.

Paul Menhart, long a fixture in the Nationals’ organization as a pitching coach, will move up to Class AAA Syracuse. The Nationals added longtime major leaguer Joe Dillon as hitting coach at Syracuse. Former Syracuse hitting coach Troy Gingrich, often cited by players as a strong coach, will take over as the Nationals’ roving hitting coordinator.

Here are the full staffs:

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs                                       Short-Season Single-A Auburn 
[International League]                                           [New York-Penn League]
Manager – Billy Gardner Jr.                                Manager – Gary Cathcart
Pitching – Paul Menhart                                       Pitching – Tim Redding
Hitting – Joe Dillon                                                 Hitting – Amaury Garcia

Double-A Harrisburg Senators                          Rookie-Level GCL Nationals
[Eastern League]                                                      [Gulf Coast League]
Manager – Brian Daubach                                    Manager – Michael Barrett
Pitching – Chris Michalak                                    Pitching – Michael Tejera
Hitting – Mark Harris                                             Hitting – Jorge Mejia

Single-A Potomac Nationals                               Rookie-Level DSL Nationals
[Carolina League]                                                    [Dominican Summer League]
Manager – Tripp Keister                                       Manager – Sandy Martinez
Pitching – Franklin Bravo                                    Pitching – Pablo Frias
Hitting – Brian Rupp                                              Hitting – Jose Herrera

Single-A Hagerstown Suns
[South Atlantic League]
Manager – Patrick Anderson
Pitching – Sam Narron
Hitting – Luis Ordaz

Coordinators
Co-Field Coordinator – Tony Beasley
Co-Field Coordinator – Jeff Garber
Hitting Coordinator – Troy Gingrich
Pitching Coordinator – Spin Williams
Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator – Gary Thurman
Coordinator of Instruction – Gary Cathcart
Medical and Rehabilitation Coordinator – Jon Kotredes
Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Landon Brandes
Rehabilitation Pitching Coordinator – Mark Grater
Minor League Equipment Manager – Calvin Minasian

Adam Kilgore covers the Nationals for The Washington Post.
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