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Rockies announce minor league staff for 2014 season

The Colorado Rockies announced their Minor League staff for the 2014 season today. The Rockies retained six of their seven field managers from 2013 and have added the role of Offensive Coordinator, filled by Jerry Weinstein.

In addition to the new role that Weinstein will take over as Offensive Coordinator, the Rockies hired Don Sneddon as the High-A Modesto Nuts Manager and Mark Brewer as the Pitching Coach for Single-A Asheville. Additionally, Ron Gideon will be the Development Supervisor for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers and Duane Espy will be the Development Supervisor for the Short Season-A Tri-City Dust Devils, essentially switching spots with each other from the 2013 season.

Weinstein, who spent the previous two seasons as the Major League Catching Coach, returns to the Rockies Player Development Department, where he spent five seasons (2007-2011) as the Manager of the Modesto Nuts. In his current role, Weinstein will be tasked with working with the Rockies staff at every level of the Minor League system on the execution of the Rockies offensive standards.

Sneddon joins the Rockies organization after spending the past 33 seasons (1980-2013) as the Head Baseball Coach at Santa Ana College in Santa Ana, CA. At Santa Ana College, Sneddon won over 1,000 games, won 13 Orange Empire Conference Championships, made 24 consecutive state playoff appearances and won three California State Championships. He owns the most wins in California Community College baseball history and was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team coaching staff. In addition to his duties of Head Coach, Sneddon was also the Santa Ana College Athletic Director from 1998-2001 and a Professor of Exercise Science during his coaching tenure.

Brewer has over 20 years of professional experience as a Pitching Coach in Major League organizations, and comes to Colorado after most recently serving as the Pitching Coach for Triple-A Buffalo in the New York Mets organization. Overall, Brewer has been a pitching coach in the player development systems for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1992-99, 2000-04), Texas Rangers (1999-2000), Kansas City Royals (2004-05), Pittsburgh Pirates (2008-09) and the Mets (2005-08, 2009-2012). Brewer also has over 10 years of experience as a pitching coach in the Latin America Winter Leagues (2003-2013).
 
Below is a complete list of the staff with the changes for 2014 in bold. For those who have changed positions, the title he held last year is beside his name in parentheses.


ORGANIZATIONAL STAFF
Director of Pitching Operations - Mark Wiley
Head Pitching Coordinator - Doug Linton
Assistant Pitching Coordinator - Bob Apodaca
Catching Coordinator - Mark Strittmatter
Offensive Coordinator - Jerry Weinstein (Major League Coach)
Latin America Field Coordinator - Edison Lora
Head Rehabilitation Coordinator - Scott Murayama
Assistant Rehabilitation Coordinator - Andy Stover
Physical Performance Coordinator - Gabe Bauer
Cultural Education Coordinator - Josh Rosenthal
Cultural Education Teacher, Dominican Republic - Angel Amparo
Peak Performance Coordinator - Andy McKay
Video Coordinator - Scott Alves
Equipment Coordinator - Jerry Bass

COLORADO SPRINGS SKY SOX (AAA)
TBD - Supervisor     
Glenallen Hill - Manager          
Dave Schuler - Pitching Coach  
Dave Hajek - Hitting Coach    
Heath Townsend - Medical Trainer  
Mike Jasperson - Physical Performance Coach

TULSA DRILLERS (AA)
Ron Gideon - Supervisor (Tri-City Supervisor)
Kevin Riggs - Manager
Darryl Scott - Pitching Coach
Darin Everson - Hitting Coach
Chris Dovey - Medical Trainer  
Brian Buck - Physical Performance Coach

MODESTO NUTS (A+)     
Fred Nelson - Supervisor                                 
Don Sneddon - Manager                                 
Dave Burba - Pitching Coach             
Jon Stone - Hitting Coach         
Josh Guterman - Medical Trainer  

ASHEVILLE TOURISTS (A)
Marv Foley - Supervisor
Fred Ocasio - Manager
Mark Brewer - Pitching Coach
Mike Devereaux - Hitting Coach
Billy Whitehead - Medical Trainer
            
TRI-CITY DUST DEVILS (SS-A)
Duane Espy - Supervisor (Tulsa Supervisor)
Drew Saylor - Manager       
Frank Gonzales - Pitching Coach  
Warren Schaeffer - Hitting Coach
Casey Papas - Medical Trainer

GRAND JUNCTION ROCKIES (R)
Tony Diaz - Supervisor
Anthony Sanders - Manager
Ryan Kibler - Pitching Coach
Lee Stevens - Hitting Coach
John Duff - Medical Trainer

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ROCKIES (R)
Mauricio Gonzalez - Manager
Edison Lora - Pitching Coach
Eugenio Jose - Hitting Coach
Florentino Nunez - Coach
Andri Guevara - Medical Trainer

 

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