Monday notebook: M’s announce minor league coaching staffs

Jan 12, 2015, 1:20 PM | Updated: 1:40 pm

The Mariners announced in October that the entire big league coaching staff would return for the 2015 season. This morning they announced their minor league staffs and roving instructors.

Roving Instructors

Field Coordinator: Jack Howell

Pitching Coordinator: Terry Clark

Rehab Pitching Coordinator: Gary Wheelock

Special Assistant Coordinator: Alvin Davis

Catching Coordinator: Dan Wilson

Hitting Coordinator: Lee May Jr.

Infield Coordinator: Jim Pankovits

Outfield Coordinator: Brant Brown

Bunting and Baserunning Coordinator: Daren Brown

Latin America Field Coordinator: Jose Moreno

Latin America Pitching Coordinator: Nasusel Cabrera

Performance Coordinator: Rob Fumagalli

Athletic Trainer Coordinator: James Southard

Asst. Athletic Trainer Coordinator: Ben Fraser

Latin Athletic Training Coordinator: Javier Alvidrez

Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers

Manager: Pat Listach

Pitching Coach: Jaime Navarro

Coach: Cory Snyder

Athletic Trainer: Tom Newberg

Athletic Trainer: Tyler Moos

Performance Specialist: Will Lindholm

Double-A Jackson Generals

Manager: James Horner

Pitching Coach: Lance Painter

Coach: Roy Howell

Athletic Trainer: B.J. Downie

Performance Specialist: Derek Mendoza

Single-A High Bakersfield Blaze:

Manager: Eddie Menchaca

Pitching Coach: Andrew Lorraine

Coach: Max Venable

Athletic Trainer: Geoff Swanson

Performance Specialist: Aaron Reis

Single-A Clinton LumberKings

Manager: Scott Steinmann

Pitching Coach: Cibney Bello

Coach: Mike Kinkade

Athletic Trainer: Matt Corvo

Performance Specialist: TBD

Short-A Everett AquaSox

Manager: Rob Mummau

Pitching Coach: Jason Blanton

Coach: Mike Davis

Athletic Trainer: Shane Zdebiak

Performance Specialist: TBD

I have had a few people ask me about Dave Valle not returning to Everett and he actually talked about that on The Hot Stove last Tuesday. Valle said that he loved the experience of managing and would be open to doing it again down the road but for now he was returning to the broadcasting booth full-time splitting between the MLB Network and ROOT Sports.


• In other coaching news, according to numerous reports this weekend the Yankees are about to announce their new hitting coach and assistant hitting coach. Interestingly enough, both have held the position with the Mariners. Jeff Pentland will serve as hitting coach, the position he held with the Mariners from 2005-2008 and Alan Cockrell, the Mariners hitting coach from 2009 to midway through 2010, will assist him.

• From the preseason projections department, ESPN’s Buster Olney has come out with his top 10 pitching staffs in 2015 (Insider subscription required) and he has the Mariners fielding the top rotation in the American League and fourth overall. Olney points to James Paxton as the difference maker behind Felix and Hisashi Iwakuma, and believes new addition J.A. Happ “could be well-served by the Safeco dimensions as Chris Young was last year.” The Mariners are the only AL West team on Olney’s top ten list.

• Fernando Rodney announced on Twitter this weekend that he has been added to the FanFest lineup. I will do my best to get him on the FanFest Hot Stove League show.

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