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Red Sox announce 2014 minor league managers, coaching staffs

Posted by Staff  December 18, 2013 12:28 PM

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The Red Sox announced the coaching staffs for their minor-league teams on Wednesday, promoting up the line at their Triple A, Double A and Single A teams.

Kevin Boles will manage the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox, Billy McMillon will take over for Boles at the Double A Portland Sea Dogs, Carlos Febles takes over for McMillon at Single A Salem, and Darren Fenster will manage the Single A Greenville team that Febles skippered the past two seasons.

The manager for the short-season Single A Lowell is the only position remaining to be filled for next season.

The rest of the 2014 staffs are listed below:

Pawtucket (Triple-A, International League)

Manager: Kevin Boles served as skipper of the Double-A Portland club for each of the last three seasons (2011-13) and is entering his seventh year in the Red Sox organization. He also managed high Single A Salem from 2008 through 2010.

Pitching coach: Rich Sauveur will return in the same capacity in 2014, marking his seventh year in the organization, all in that role.

Hitting coach: Dave Joppie enters his eighth year with the Red Sox and second as hitting coach at the Triple A level. An addition to the Pawtucket staff for this year is coach Bruce Crabbe, who managed Short-A Lowell last season. 2014 marks his 10th season in the Red Sox organization.

Athletic trainer: Jon Jochim will return to the PawSox for his 11th year with the Red Sox, and fifth in his current role.

Portland (Double-A, Eastern League)

Manager: Billy McMillon will replace Boles after two seasons as manager of High A Salem, where he led the club to the 2013 Mills Cup Championship. This year will mark his seventh year in the Red Sox organization, and his fifth as manager.

Pitching coach: Bob Kipper will serve for the fifth consecutive year, and his seventh year overall (also in 2003-04). 2014 will be his 15th season in the Red Sox organization.

Hitting coach: Rich Gedman is back for his second year at hitting coach. The Worcester native is in his fourth season in the Red Sox system as a coach.

Athletic trainer: Brandon Henry returns for his third season with the Sea Dogs, and his eighth overall with the Red Sox.

Salem (Single-A, Carolina League)

Manager: Carlos Febles spent the last two years as the manager at Single-A Greenville and is in his eighth year in the Red Sox system as a coach, and his fourth year as manager.

Pitching coach: Kevin Walker will return for his fourth season on the Salem staff. 2014 will mark his sixth year in the Red Sox organization.

Hitting coach: U.L. Washington is also shifting from Greenville to Salem. This season will mark Washington’s 13th year in the Red Sox minor league system, and 11th as a hitting coach.

Athletic trainer: David Herrera will return to Salem for his third season in that capacity, and his seventh year overall with the organization.

Greenville (Single-A, South Atlantic League)

Manager: Darren Fenster, who made his managerial debut with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox last year, will serve as Greenville’s skipper this season. 2014 marks the third year for Fenster in the Red Sox organization and his second year in Greenville, as he was hitting coach for the Drive in 2012.

Pitching coach: Paul Abbott will return to the Drive for his second year in that role. This year will mark his fourth season within the Red Sox system.

Hitting coach: Nelson Paulino was the hitting coach at Salem last season. He is entering his 17th consecutive year with the Red Sox.

Athletic trainer: Satoshi Kajiyama will move up from Short A Lowell to serve as athletic trainer for Greenville in 2014. He is in his second stint with the Red Sox, and fourth year overall in the organization.

Lowell (Short-A, New York-Penn League)

Manager: Not selected.

Pitching coach: Walter Miranda will return for the second straight year, and his fifth year overall, as he also held that position in 2005, 2006, and 2008. He has been a member of the Red Sox organization since 1999.

Hitting coach: Noah Hall returns for the second year and 2014 will mark his third year in the Red Sox system.

Athletic trainer: Nick Faciana is new to the Red Sox organization in 2014. The Ohio native has served as an graduate assistant and interim athletic trainer for the University of Akron varsity football team (2011-13), a rehabilitation intern with the Philadelphia Phillies (2013), and athletic trainer for Double A Akron in the Cleveland Indians organization (2010-12).

Gulf Coast League Red Sox (Rookie, Gulf Coast League

Manager: Tom Kotchman, who has 20-plus years of experience as a minor league manager, and 30-plus years of service overall in baseball, will be the GCL skipper in 2014. The father of MLB veteran, Casey Kotchman, Tom is in his second stint with the Red Sox, as he managed Single-A Winter Haven in 1982 and 1983. He returned to the Red Sox organization last year, where he served as a GCL coach.

Pitching coach: Dick Such will return for his second year in that role, and his sixth year overall in the system.

Dave Tomlin is back for his fourth straight year as a coach for the GCL Red Sox. 2014 will be his ninth straight year, and 13th overall in Boston’s farm system. Tomlin also managed the GCL club from 2006 through 2010.

Hitting coach: Raul Gonzalez will also return to the GCL staff. It will be his second year in that role, and with the organization.

Athletic trainer: Mauricio Elizondo will enter his second straight year. This year will mark his seventh season in the Red Sox organization.

Dominican Summer League Red Sox (Rookie, Dominican Summer League)

Manager: Jose Zapata will again serve as both manager for the DSL Red Sox, and as the Red Sox’ Latin American Field Coordinator, his eighth straight year in those roles.

Pitching coach: Amaury Telemaco will be back with the DSL club in 2014, marking his fifth straight year in that role. Oscar Lira will also return in 2014 as a pitching coach. It will be his third year in that capacity, and fourth year with the Red Sox.

Bench coach: Junior Zamora will be back for his seventh straight year in that role, and in the Red Sox system.

Wilton Veras, and Aly Gonzalez will also return as coaches on the DSL Red Sox staff. Veras is entering his third year with the Red Sox, and Gonzalez is back for his second year. Claudio Sanchez is back for his ninth year as a coaching assistant. Antonio Diaz also returns for his seventh season as strength and conditioning coach, and his 19th year in the Red Sox organization.

Athletic trainer: Guillermo Hinojosa will return for his fifth year in that role for the DSL Red Sox.

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