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Padres Announce Minor League Coaching Staffs 

Today, the San Diego Padres announced the staffs for all the minor league teams.

Pat Murphy comes back to the organization for his 5th season to manage the El Paso Chihuahuas. Murphy guided the Tucson Padres to a 77-67 (.535) record and a 3rd place finish in 2013. Rounding out the Chihuahua’s coaching staff is Mike Cather, who will serve as the pitching coach, and Jacque Jones who will be the hitting coach.The training staff includes Nathan Stewart and Isak Yoon as athletic trainers and A.J. Russell as the strength coach.

For San Antonio, 2013 Texas League Manager of the Year, Rich Dauer, returns for his second year with the Missions. Dauer lead the Missions to their 13th Texas League Championship in 2013. Serving as the hitting coach will be Jimmy Jones while Francisco Morales will be the Missions’ pitching coach.  Daniel Turner will be the athletic trainer while Eric Wood will be the strength coach.

In Lake Elsinore, Jamie Quirk joins the Padres organization as the manager of the Storm after spending the previous two seasons as bench coach for the Cubs. Bronswell Patrick and Jody Davis will serve as his hitting and pitching coach, respectively. Serving on the training staff will be Will Sinon as athletic trainer and Pat Trainor at strength coach.

Following José Valentin’s promotion to the Padres’ first base coach, Michael Collins will take over managerial duties in Fort Wayne. Collins spent the previous 2 years managing the Padres’ rookie league affiliate. Both Burt Hooton, pitching coach, and Morgan Burkhart, hitting coach, return to the TinCaps for the 2nd consecutive season. Rick Huerta will serve as the athletic trainer. Joining him is Dan Byrne as the strength coach.

In Eugene, Robbie Wine will take over managerial duties after spending his previous 9 years as head baseball coach for Penn State. Nelson Cruz will serve as the pitching coach and Homer Bush will serve as the hitting coach. Rounding out the staff is Mitch Mattoon at athletic trainer and Gabe Lazzaro at strength coach.

After a 14-year big league career as a catcher, Rod Barajas will make his coaching debut as manager of the AZL Padres. Joining Barajas for his first year are Dave Rajsich as pitching coach and Carlos Sosa as hitting coach. Uniquely, the AZL staff also has a rehab pitching coach, Tim Worrell, and a rehab hitting coach, Damion Easley, for when players in higher levels get injured. Wade Yamasaki will serve as the athletic trainer and Scott Cline will be the strength coach.

In the Padres’ Dominican Summer League affiliate, Evaristo Lantigua will return as coordinator of instruction in his 8th year with the Padres’ organization. The pitching coaches will be Mel Rojas and Jackson Quezada. Comprising the rest of the staff are infield coach Jose Guillen, outfield coach Julio Ramirez as well as Jorge Gonzalez as strength coach and and assistant strength coach Jonathan Borges. The Padres have not yet made an announcement about who will be the new athletic trainer for the Dominican Summer League affiliate.

The minor league roving instructors include Field Coordinator Randy Johnson, Hitting Coordinator Sean Berry, Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator Glen Baker, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Jordan Wolf, Rehab Coordinator Ryan Bitzel and Medical Coordinator Joseph Tarantino. Trevor Hoffman will join the staff of instructors as Upper Level Pitching Coordinator.





About the author: Alex Bartlett

Three weeks after I was born, Padre legend Tony Gwynn visited my hospital and handed out teddy bears to all the newborn children, including me. I have been a Padre fan ever since. Whether SD is in the midst of an exciting playoff run, or an uneventful off-season, I love following them and I love writing about them.