The Dodgers on Wednesday announced their minor league coaching staffs for the 2018 season, with six of the 33 positions filled by new hires in the organization.
With the exception of pitching coach Bill Simas, Oklahoma City will have a new coaching staff. Travis Barbary takes over as manager in his 25th year with the organization after spending the last 12 years as a catching coordinator.
Joining Barbary and Simas will be Scott Coolbaugh and Jeremy Rodriguez. Coolbaugh is new to the organization, coming over from Baltimore where he was the major league hitting coach for the last four years. In his fourth year with the Dodgers, Rodriguez will serve as third base coach and handle the infield coordination. The 29-year-old managed the 2017 Great Lakes team, as well as the 2018 rookie-level Ogden team.
Down at Double-A Tulsa, Scott Hennessey is back for his second full year as Drillers’ manager after taking the interim job in July 2017. The Drillers were Texas League champions under Hennessey in 2018.
Joining Hennessey will be Dave Borkowski, Adam Melhuse and Petie Montero. Borkowski is back for his second year in organization, serving in the same pitching coach role as last season. Melhuse moves from Triple-A hitting coach down to Double-A, while Montero moves up from Class-A Rancho to the same coaching position.
Mark Kertenian moves up from rookie-level Arizona to manage Class-A Rancho. Connor McGuinness is back as pitching coach for the Quakes while the rest of the staff is new to Rancho.
Dustin Kelly moves up from rookie-level Ogden to be Rancho’s hitting coach, while a familiar face in Elian Herrera joins the organization as a coach. Herrera was last with the Dodgers in 2016 when he was on a minor league deal. Before that it was in 2013 when he made only eight appearances at the major league level.
Herrera spent four seasons altogether in the big leagues between the Dodgers and Brewers.
John Shoemaker is back for his 43rd season with the Dodgers and is once again managing at Great Lakes. This will be Shoemaker’s 26th season as a minor league manager.
Rounding out the newcomers are Jason Bourgeois (Great Lakes coach), Cordell Hipolito (Ogden coach), Stephanos Stroop (AZL pitching coach) and Johermyn Chaves (Dominican Summer League hitting coach).
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Manager – Travis Barbary
Pitching Coach – Bill Simas
Hitting Coach – Scott Coolbaugh*
Coach – Jeremy Rodriguez
Manager - Scott Hennessey
Pitching Coach – Dave Borkowski
Hitting Coach – Adam Melhuse
Coach – Pedro Montero
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Manager – Mark Kertenian
Pitching Coach – Connor McGuinness
Hitting Coach – Dustin Kelly
Coach – Elian Herrera*
Class-A Great Lakes
Manager – John Shoemaker
Pitching Coach – Luis Meza
Hitting Coach – Justin Viele
Coach – Jason Bourgeois*
Manager – Austin Chubb
Pitching Coach – Dean Stiles
Hitting Coach – Seth Conner
Coach – Cordell Hipolito*
Rookie-level AZL Dodgers
Manager – Jair Fernandez
Pitching Coach – Stephanos Stroop*
Hitting Coach – Jarek Cunningham
Coach- Chris Gutierrez
Dominican Summer League Dodgers
Manager - Keyter Collado
Manager - Fumi Ishibashi
Pitching Coach - Ramon Troncoso
Pitching Coach - Roberto Giron
Hitting Coach - Johermyn Chaves*
Hitting Coach - Sergio Mendez
Coach - Pedro Mega
Coach - Antonio Bautista
Coach - Dunior Zerpa
*new to Dodgers organization