LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Wednesday announced their minor league coaching staffs for 2017, with no changes to the staffs in the top three affiliates, but new managers in Class-A Great Lakes and Rookie level Ogden.
Even with the changes, it isn’t much relative to 2016 when the Dodgers shuffled their staffs and had a new manager at all six domestic levels, including three managers new to the organization.
Class-A Great Lakes has a new manager in Jeremy Rodriguez and new pitching coach in Connor McGuiness, both in their first year with the Dodgers. Rodriguez is 27, and managed the Padres’ Dominican Summer League team in 2015-2016 after catching for five years in San Diego’s farm system.
McGuiness was a college pitching coach the last four years, for Emory (2013-2015) and Catholic University of America (2016). This is first professional coaching job.
New manager of Ogden is Mark Kertenian, 37, who also came from the college ranks, after coaching at Cal State Northridge, Nevada and Florida International, including coaching Dodgers minor leaguer Edwin Rios at FIU in 2015 before the Dodgers drafted him in the sixth round.
Among the changes in assignments are Aaron Bates, who is the hitting coach with the Loons after two years in the AZL; pitching coach Bobby Cuellar will be in Ogden after spending 2016 with Great Lakes; and Austin Chubb, who was co-hitting coach in Ogden but will now manage one of the Dodgers’ two Dominican Summer League teams.
Chubb is the first American manager in the history of Campo Las Palmas, the Dodgers’ Dominican facility.
Bill Haselman returns as the manager of Triple-A Oklahoma City, his fourth year in the organization and first time he hasn’t moved levels after a year.
Not included among the announcements were the training staffs. In Oklahoma City, Greg Harrel will not return, per Jacob Unruh of The Oklahoman. Harrel, who was with the Dodgers for 10 seasons, including 2012-2014 in Los Angeles, will join Marlins Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans as the trainer.
John Shoemaker, the Dodgers’ captain of player development, is back for a 41st season in the organization, including his 24th as a manager. Shoemaker will manage the Rookie level Arizona Dodgers for a second straight year.
Here are the coaches for 2017 (bold denotes new hire, italics a new position):
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Manager - Bill Haselman
Pitching Coach - Matt Herges
Hitting Coach - Shawn Wooten
Fourth Coach - Luis Matos
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 - Jeremy Rodriguez
Pitching Coach - Connor McGuiness
Hitting Coach - Aaron Bates
Fourth Coach - Fumi Ishibashi
Manager - Mark Kertenian
Pitching Coach - Bobby Cuellar
Hitting Coaches - Pedro Guerrero
Rookie-level AZL Dodgers
Manager - John Shoemaker
Pitching Coach - Greg Sabat & Steven Andrade
Hitting Coaches - TBD
Fourth Coach - Dom Jose
Dominican Summer League Dodgers (2 teams)
Managers - Keyter Collado & Austin Chubb
Pitching Coaches - Roberto Giron & Luis Meza
Hitting Coaches - Jair Fernandez & Sergio Mendez
Campo Las Palmas Hitting Coordinator - Humberto Miranda
Campo Las Palmas Defensive Coordinator - Pedro Mega
Coach - Antonio Bautista