Indians realign player development staff

Indians realign player development staff

Indians realign player development staff
CLEVELAND -- The shakeup within the Indians' big league coaching staff at the end of last season caused a ripple effect throughout the team's farm system. On Friday, Cleveland revealed the new alignment of its player development staff.

The Tribe has hired Rob Leary to serve as its new Minor League field coordinator and has handed the pitching coordinator position to Mickey Callaway. Those respective positions were vacated by the promotions of Tom Wiedenbauer and Dave Miller to the Major League coaching staff.

Wiedenbauer will work as Cleveland's new first-base coach, assuming the job previously held by new Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. Miller was named the club's new bullpen coach after Scott Radinsky moved out of that position and into the role of pitching coach for the Tribe.

Former pitching coach Tim Belcher and former bench coach Tim Tolman each stepped down from their coaching roles at the end of last season. Both Belcher and Tolman will remain within the Indians' organization in some capacity.

Leary, 47, joins the Indians after spending the past two seasons working as a Major League staff assistant for the Red Sox. He helped organize Spring Training workouts and assisted the coaching staff with advance scouting, along with pregame and on-field preparations. Leary served as a field coordinator for Boston from 2003-09 and worked in the Marlins' player development system from 1995-2001.

The 36-year-old Callaway is entering his third season with Cleveland after working with Class A Kinston last year and Class A Lake County the previous year. He pitched professionally from 1997-2009, including parts of five seasons in the Major Leagues between stints with the Rays, Rangers and Angels.

Also joining the Indians' Minor League staff are former big league pitchers Scott Erickson and Steve Karsay. This will be the first year of professional coaching for both men.

Erickson, who went 142-136 with a 4.59 ERA over 15 Major League seasons that included stops with six teams, will work as the pitching coach for Class A Carolina. With the World Series-champion Twins in 1991, he went 20-8 with a 3.18 ERA, finishing second to Roger Clemens in voting for the American League Cy Young Award.

Karsay spent four seasons (1998-2001) in the Indians' bullpen during an 11-year big league career that included stints with three teams. A first-round Draft pick of the A's in 1990, Karsay went 32-39 with a 4.01 ERA across 357 games in the Majors.

What follows is a breakdown of Cleveland's player development hirings:

2012 staff assignments:

Field coordinator: Rob Leary
Pitching coordinator: Mickey Callaway
Pitching advisor: Ken Rowe
Hitting coordinator: Alan Zinter
Infield coordinator: Travis Fryman
Strength and conditioning coordinator: Jake Beiting
Rehab coordinator: James Quinlan
Strength and conditioning, Latin America: Nelson Perez
Mental skills coordinator: Julio Rangel
Cultural development: Lino Diaz
Advisor: Minnie Mendoza
Advisor: Johnny Goryl
Advisor: Ken Rowe

Triple-A Columbus

Manager: Mike Sarbaugh
Pitching coach: Ruben Niebla
Hitting coach: Phil Clark
Athletic trainer: Michael Salazar

Double-A Akron

Manager: Chris Tremie
Pitching coach: Tony Arnold
Coach: Rouglas Odor
Athletic trainer: Chad Wolfe

Class A (high) Carolina

Manager: Edwin Rodriguez
Pitching coach: Scott Erickson
Hitting coach: TBD
Athletic trainer: Jeremy Heller

Class A Lake County

Manager: Dave Wallace
Pitching coach: Jeff Harris
Hitting coach: Jim Rickon
Athletic trainer: Bobby Ruiz

Class A (short) Mahoning Valley

Manager: Ted Kubiak
Pitching coach: Greg Hibbard
Hitting coach: Tony Mansolino
Athletic trainer: Matt Beauregard

Arizona League (rookie) Indians

Manager: Anthony Medrano
Pitching coach: Steve Karsay
Hitting coach: Junior Betances
Coach: Dennis Malave
Athletic trainer: Teddy Blackwell

Dominican Summer League (rookie) Indians

Manager: Max Diaz
Pitching coach: Mario Brito
Hitting coach: Francisco Cabrera
Coach: Carlos Fermin
Athletic trainer: Miguel Ledesma

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