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After three years on the major league coaching staff, John Valentin is now the hitting coach in Class-A Great Lakes in the Midwest League
After three years on the major league coaching staff, John Valentin is now the hitting coach in Class-A Great Lakes in the Midwest League
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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Thursday announced the remainder of their 2016 minor league coaching staffs, which features tremendous turnover from 2015.

After their first full season, the Dodgers' new front office reshaped the minor league staffs, with six new coaches among the 22 announced coaches at the club's six domestic affiliates, and 12 of the 16 holdovers in different positions than last season.

The four Dodgers minor league coaches in the same positions in 2016 as 2015 are Double-A Tulsa fourth coach Leo Garcia, Class-A Rancho Cucamonga fourth coach Rafael Ozuna, and Rookie-level Arizona League pitching coach Greg Sabat and hitting coach Aaron Bates.

The minor league managers were announced on Dec. 21. Among them is Shaun Larkin, who in addition to managing rookie-level Ogden will also serve as the Dodgers' coordinator of skills development.

John Valentin, who served as assistant hitting coach on the major league team for the last three seasons, is now the hitting coach for Class-A Great Lakes. This is Valentin's ninth season coaching in the Dodgers' organization.

I plan to delve into these staffs in depth soon, but for now here is the list of coaches at each domestic level. New coaches in italics; returning coaches in new roles marked with an asterisk.

Triple-A Oklahoma City
Manager - Bill Haselman*
Pitching Coach - Matt Herges*
Hitting Coach - Shawn Wooten*
Fourth Coach - Luis Matos*

Double-A Tulsa
Manager - Ryan Garko
Pitching Coach - Bill Simas*
Hitting Coach - Terrmel Sledge
Fourth Coach - Leo Garcia

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga
Manager - Drew Saylor
Pitching Coach - Kip Wells
Hitting Coach - Jay Gibbons*
Fourth Coach - Rafael Ozuna

Single-A Great Lakes
Manager - Gil Velazquez*
Pitching Coach - Bobby Cuellar*
Hitting Coach - John Valentin*
Fourth Coach - Fumi Ishibashi*

Rookie-advanced Ogden
Manager - Shaun Larkin
Pitching Coach - Don Alexander
Hitting Coach - TBD
Fourth Coach - TBD

Rookie-level AZL Dodgers
Manager - John Shoemaker*
Pitching Coach - Greg Sabat
Hitting Coaches - Aaron Bates and Robert Fick*
Fourth (Fifth?) Coach - TBD