The Orioles like how their minor league teams worked in 2013, so they’re not making many changes for 2014. While Ron Johnson and Gary Kendall return to Norfolk and Bowie with their staffs intact, Luis Pujols and Ryan Minor are switching places. Pujols, who once managed the Detroit Tigers, spent last year at Delmarva, and he’ll move up to Frederick. Minor, who had managed the Shorebirds from 2010-12 before taking over the Keys last year, will return to Delmarva. He lives in Salisbury. Matt Merullo and Luis Gomez return for their second years at short-season Aberdeen and Gulf Coast. Johnson, in his third season with the Tides, will again have Mike Griffin as his pitching coach. It’s Griffin’s fifth season in the organization. Denny Walling returns as hitting coach and Jose Hernandez is the field coach. Kendall, who is in his fourth season as Baysox manager, returns Blaine Beatty as pitching coach and Butch Davis as field coach. Kennie Seenstra (pitching) and Torre Tyson (hitting) will work with Pujols at Frederick, and Alan Mills was promoted to the Shorebirds after two years with Aberdeen. Paco Figueroa will be Delmarva’s field coach. Justin Lord, who was the Shorebirds last year will be the Ironbirds’ pitching coach. Ramon Sambo (field) and Milt May (hitting) will be at Gulf Coast.
Pujols, Minor switch as Orioles name minor league staffs
CSN Baltimore | Jan 9