Giants announce minor league coaching staff

Giants announce minor league coaching staff
January 14, 2011, 2:05 am
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA The World Champion San Francisco Giants have finalized their minor league coaching staff for the 2011 season.San Francisco's minor league affiliates put together another successful year in 2010 with its farm system producing the fourth best record (409-355, .535) in all of organized baseball. The Giants organization also had three of their seven affiliates make the playoffs, including the California League Champion San Jose Giants who won their second consecutive championship as well as their fourth in the last six seasons. The Dominican Summer League Giants were also crowned champions of their respective league. The Arizona Rookie League Giants advanced to the postseason, but lost in the semi-finals. The Augusta Greenjackets had the best overall record in their league, although missed making the postseason as they did not win their first or second half titles. In addition, the San Francisco Giants were named as Baseball Americas 2010 Organization of the Year for thriving with homegrown players in the minor leagues as well as at the Major League level.There have been minimal changes to the Giants coaching ranks as Steve Decker (triple-A Fresno), Tom Trebelhorn (short-season Salem-Keizer), Mike Goff (rookie-level Arizona) and Jesus Tavarez (Dominican Summer League Giants) will remain at their managerial posts. Dave Machemer, who managed at Class A Augusta last year, will take over the helm at double-A Richmond, while Andy Skeels, who managed that club last season, will be the skipper for Class A Advanced San Jose for the second time in his career. The only new addition to the Giants minor league managerial ranks is Lipso Nava, who will be making his managerial debut at Augusta, after spending the previous three seasons as that teams hitting coach. The only new staff member in 2011 is hitting coach Jose Flores for Augusta.Flores, 37, will be embarking on his second stint within the Giants organization after previously playing for San Francisco in 2006 as a minor leaguer. The New York, NY native had spent the previous four seasons coaching and managing in San Diegos minor league system. The former infielder originally made his coaching debut in the Padres system as the hitting coach for short-season Eugene in 2007. Flores played 13 seasons in the minor leagues with Philadelphia (1994-1999), Seattle (1999-2000), Colorado (2001), Oakland (2002-03), Los Angeles-NL (2004-05), Cleveland (2006) and San Francisco (2006). He appeared in 16 games in the Majors with Oakland and Los Angeles-NL, hitting .143 (1-for-7). The Greenjackets' newest hitting coach was originally selected in the 34th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1994 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Texas.Roving instructors and medical staff for the upcoming season include: Fred Stanley - Director of Player Development; Shane Turner Coordinator of Instruction; Bert Bradley Coordinator of Minor League Pitching; Bob Mariano Coordinator of Minor League Hitting; Joe Amalfitano Special Assistant; Jim Davenport Special Assistant; Lee Smith Roving Pitching Instructor; J.T. Snow - Special Assistant; Jose Alguacil Roving Infield Instructor; Henry Cotto Roving Baserunning and Outfield Instructor; Shawon Dunston - Instructor; Kirt Manwaring Roving Catching Instructor; Jay Williams Coordinator of Minor League Trainers; Tony Reale Organizational Physical Therapist; Geoff Head Coordinator of Minor League Strength and Conditioning.
Courtesy San Francisco Giants media services