Mariners announce full season Minor League coaching staff for 2014

SEATTLE, Wash -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik and Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn announced today the Mariners Minor League Coaching Staff for the organization's four full-season affiliates for the 2014 season.

The coaching staff includes three returning managers: James Horner (Double-A Jackson), Eddie Menchaca (Single-A High Desert) and Chris Prieto (Single-A Clinton). In his first season in the Mariners organization, Rich Donnelly will manage Triple-A Tacoma.

Rich Donnelly enters his first season in the Mariners Minor League organization at the helm of the Seattle's affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, the Tacoma Rainiers. Prior to joining the Rainiers, he spent the last three seasons with the New York Mets organization as manager for Single-A affiliate the Brooklyn Cyclones. The native of Steubenville, Ohio will be entering his 43rd season in professional baseball, including 27 seasons as a Major League coach with the Texas Rangers (1980, 1983-85), Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-1996), Florida Marlins (1997-1998) and Colorado Rockies (1992-2002). He was signed as a catcher with the Minnesota Twins in 1967 and spent four seasons in the minor leagues. Pitching coach Jaime Navarro, who is entering his sixth season with the Mariners organization, returns to the Rainiers after spending the last three seasons as the Mariners bullpen coach. Cory Snyder, who spent the last three seasons with Jackson, will serve as hitting coach. Tom Newberg and BJ Downie each return to Tacoma as part of the training staff, while Gabe Bourland will be the team's performance coach.

After managing High Desert in 2013, James Horner will take over as manager of the Mariners affiliate in the Southern League, the Jackson Generals. Horner enters his 8th season with the Mariners (2005-10, 2013-current), but second as manager since returning to the organization prior to last season. Pitching coach Lance Painter and hitting coach Roy Howell each were part of Horner's Mavericks staff in 2013 and will round out the staff in Jackson. Painter enters his ninth season with the Mariners, including his fourth with Jackson (2010-12). In two seasons with High Desert, Howell led the Mavericks to a California League-best .289 (2876x9950) average, while the team ranked 3rd in the minor leagues with 827 runs scored in 2013. The rest of his staff will include athletic trainer Eduardo Tamaz and performance coach Ryan White.

The Mariners California League affiliate, the High Desert Mavericks, will be managed by Eddie Menchaca, who spent the previous three seasons with Clinton. He enters his sixth season in the Mariners organization, including four as manager. Menchaca has led his squad to the postseason in each of the last four seasons, accumulating a 238-243 (.495) record. Pitching coach Andrew Lorraine enters his first season with High Desert after spending the last two seasons with Clinton. Hitting coach Max Venable begins his first season as coach in the Mariners organization. Venable appeared parts of 12 seasons in the Major Leagues as an outfielder, including stints with the Giants (1979-83), the Expos (1984), the Reds (1985-87), and the Angels (1989-91). Overall he batted .241 (337x1397) with 176 runs scored, 57 doubles, 17 triples, 18 home runs and 128 RBI in 727 career games in the Major Leagues. His son, Will, is currently an outfielder with the San Diego Padres. Tyler Moos begins his second season with Mavericks as trainer and first-year performance coach Cory Ritter round out the Mavericks staff.

The Mariners Midwest League affiliate, the Clinton LumberKings, will be managed by Chris Prieto, who returns for his second season with the organization. Prieto led the Pulaski Mariners to an Appalachian League Championship in 2013, posting a league-best 41-27 record. His staff includes returning pitching coach Cibney Bello, who spent the previous two seasons with the Arizona League Mariners, returning coach Mike Kinkade, and athletic trainer Geoff Swanson. Taylor Nakamura enters his first season as the LumberKings performance coach.

The coaching assignments are listed below. * notes new hire for 2014 season:

 

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:................................... Rich Donnelly*

Pitching Coach:........................... Jaime Navarro

Coach:........................................ Cory Snyder

Athletic Trainer: ......................... Tom Newberg

Athletic Trainer:.......................... BJ Downie

Performance Specialist:.............. Gabe Bourland

 

Double-A Jackson Generals:

Manager:................................... James Horner

Pitching Coach:........................... Lance Painter

Coach:........................................ Roy Howell

Athletic Trainer:.......................... Eduardo Tamez

Performance Specialist:.............. Ryan White

 

Single-A High Desert Mavericks:

Manager:................................... Eddie Menchaca

Pitching Coach:........................... Andrew Lorraine

Coach:........................................ Max Venable

Athletic Trainer: ......................... Tyler Moos

Performance Specialist:.............. Cory Ritter*

 

Single-A Clinton LumberKings:

Manager:................................... Chris Prieto

Pitching Coach:........................... Cibney Bello

Coach:........................................ Mike Kinkade

Athletic Trainer: ......................... Geoff Swanson

Performance Specialist:.............. Taylor Nakamura*