The Red Sox named their roving coordinators and minor league coaching staffs for 2006 on Thursday.
According to the team, Rob Leary returns for his fourth season as minor league field coordinator. He joined the Red Sox in 2002 as a roving minor league catching instructor following eight seasons in the Marlins chain as a scout, coordinator and instructor.
Ralph Treuel enters his ninth season with the Red Sox and in 2006 begins his second stint as the club’s minor league pitching coordinator after holding that position from 1999-2001. He managed the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox for the last three seasons. Treuel, who enters his 32nd year in pro baseball, also spent a month as the club’s major league pitching coach in September, 2001.
Orv Franchuk returns for his fourth season as minor league hitting coordinator. He joined the Red Sox prior to the 2003 season after eight years in the Athletics system.
Bruce Crabbe will serve as the club’s minor league infield coordinator this season after joining the Red Sox organization in 2005 as hitting coach at Single-A Wilmington. Crabbe will also manage Boston’s short-season Single-A Lowell club. Before last season, he spent the previous seven years as a manager and coach in the Texas Rangers organization.
Lou Frazier returns for his third season as the minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator. Before joining the Red Sox, he spent a pair of seasons as a minor league hitting coach in the Indians chain.
Victor Rodriguez returns for his third year as Latin American field coordinator after serving as a minor league hitting instructor for the club in 2003.
Goose Gregson is the club’s Latin American pitching coordinator for the second year in a row after serving as minor league pitching coordinator from 2002-04. He will also serve as the Gulf Coast League’s pitching coach in 2006.
Jim Young returns for his sixth season as the club’s minor league training coordinator.
Jon Jochim returns as assistant minor league athletic training coordinator. He will also serve as trainer for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.
Pawtucket Red Sox
Manager Ron Johnson returns for his second season at the helm of the Pawtucket Red Sox after guiding the club to a 75-69 mark in 2005. Johnson, who in 2006 begins his 29th season in professional baseball and his 15th straight as a manager, joined the Red Sox organization in 2000 as manager of Single-A Sarasota, where he spent two seasons before moving to Double-A Trenton in 2002 and Double-A Portland from 2003-04. Johnson has guided his clubs to a 979-972 (.502) mark in his 14 years at the helm.
Pitching coach Mike Griffin returns for his fourth season at Pawtucket – his eighth in the Red Sox chain and his 14th as a minor league pitching coach. Griffin spent four seasons as pitching coach at Double-A Trenton (1999-2002) after nine years in the Reds’ organization as a minor league pitching coach and instructor.
Hitting coach Mark Budaska begins his fourth season in the Red Sox organization, his third in his role at Pawtucket. He served as hitting coach at Double-A Portland in 2002. =In 2001, Budaska was the hitting coach for Anaheim’s Double-A Little Rock affiliate that won the Texas League Championship.
Trainer Greg Barajas returns for his second season at Pawtucket.
Portland Sea Dogs
Manager Todd Claus returns for his second year as Portland’s manager after leading the Sea Dogs to the Eastern League Championship Series in 2005. Portland captured the Northern Division with a 76-66 mark, its first title as an affiliate of the Red Sox. Claus enters his third season as a manager in the Red Sox chain, as he joined the club as manager at Single-A Sarasota in 2004 after 12 seasons as a coach in the Angels system.
Pitching coach Ace Adams begins his fourth season as a pitching coach in the Red Sox organization, each year with a different club. =Adams coached at Single-A Wilmington in 2005, Single-A Augusta in 2004 and short-season Single-A Lowell in 2003. =Adams owns 22 years of experience as a pitching coach, including 13 in the collegiate ranks. He has also coached in the Expos and Marlins chains.
Hitting coach Russ Morman returns to Portland for his third season after serving as manager of Boston’s Single-A Augusta squad in 2003. After retiring in 1999 from 12 years of professional baseball as an outfielder, including parts of nine seasons in the majors, Morman began managing in the Marlins chain in 2000.
Trainer Masai Takahashi returns for his second year in Portland after a year at Single-A Sarasota in 2004.
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Manager Chad Epperson makes the jump to Wilmington after spending the last two years managing at Single-A Greenville and Augusta. This is his fifth campaign in the Red Sox organization, serving as Sarasota’s hitting coach from 2002-03. A catcher, Epperson played nine years in the minors, including three in the Red Sox system (1997-99), before retiring in 2000.
Pitching coach Mike Cather enters his first season in the Red Sox chain. The former righthander spent part of three seasons in the majors with the Braves from 1997-99, posting a 5-6 record with a 3.42 ERA in 75 relief appearances. Cather has run several baseball clinics in the Atlanta area since his retirement from professional baseball in 2001.
Hitting coach Dave Joppie joins the Red Sox organization after eleven seasons as a coach in Oakland’s minor league system, the last two years as manager at Single-A Kane County. He led the Cougars to the championship round of the Midwest League playoffs in 2004.
Trainer Brad Pearson begins his third year in the Red Sox organization, his first with Wilmington. He worked for Single-A Greenville in 2005 and Single-A Augusta in 2004.
Manager Luis Alicea leads the Drive into 2006 after guiding short-season Single-A Lowell for the last two years. Alicea concluded a 13-year major league career in 2002, including one season with the Red Sox as part of the 1995 American League East championship team. Selected in the first round of the 1986 Draft by the Cardinals, Alicea made his major league debut two years later. He hit .260 in 1,341 games.
Pitching coach Bob Kipper marks his eighth season as a coach in the Red Sox organization, returning to Greenville for his second season after two seasons in the same capacity at Portland. He served as Boston’s major league bullpen coach in 2002 and was pitching coach at Single-A Augusta in 2001. A veteran of eight major league seasons, Kipper joined the Red Sox as a minor league pitching coach in 1999.
Hitting coach Randy Phillips returns to Greenville for his second season after serving as the hitting coach at short-season Single-A Lowell for the two seasons prior. He joined the Red Sox with 10 years of pro coaching experience in the Atlanta and Toronto organizations.
Trainer Paul Buchheit joins Greenville in 2006 after serving as an athletic intern with Lowell in 2005 and with Sarasota in 2004.
Manager Bruce Crabbe will guide the Spinners in 2006 in addition to his duties as the club’s minor league infield coordinator.
Pitching coach Walter Miranda begins his second season with Lowell after serving as pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox for six seasons from 1999-2004. He joined the organization in 1999 after a six-year pitching career in the Florida Marlins’ system.
Hitting coach Alan Mauthe returns to Lowell for a second season after working the previous two seasons as the Gulf Coast League Red Sox hitting coach. Prior to joining the Red Sox, he spent the previous 11 years as owner and head instructor of his Extra Innings Baseball Academy in British Columbia.
Trainer Chris McKenna joins the Spinners staff after three seasons with Boston’s Gulf Coast League club.
Gulf Coast League Red Sox
Manager Dave Tomlin is at the helm of the Gulf Coast League Red Sox this season, his eighth season in the Red Sox chain. Tomlin was on the GCL Red Sox coaching staff in 2005 and was the pitching coach at Lowell in 2004.
Pitching coach Goose Gregson enters his second season with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in addition to his duties as the organization’s Latin Pitching coordinator.
Hitting coach U.L. Washington begins his first season with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, his fourth in the Red Sox organization. He spent the last two seasons as the club’s minor league infield coordinator after joining the club as Pawtucket’s hitting coach in 2003.
Trainer Jon Jochim will serve the Gulf Coast League club in addition to his duties as the team’s assistant minor league training coordinator.
Dominican Summer League Red Sox
Manager Nelson Paulino returns to manage the Dominican Summer League Red Sox for the fourth consecutive season. He served as the team’s hitting coach from 2001-02.
Pitching coach Jose Gonzalez returns to the post for his third season. He pitched in the Red Sox farm system from 2000-02, advancing as high as short-season Single-A Lowell in 2002.
Pitching coach Carlos Perez will also work with the Dominican Summer League Red Sox after four seasons with the organization in Venezuela.
Infield coach Dadney Reyes returns to the club for his fourth season after serving in a similar role in the Marlins system from 2001-02.
Hitting coach Cesar Hernandez enters his fourth season in the Red Sox chain. He previously served as a hitting coach for the Gulf Coast League in 2005, Single-A Augusta in 2004 and the Dominican Summer League Red Sox in 2003.
Trainers Antonio Diaz and Luis Reyes return to the Dominican Summer League Red Sox.
Dick Berardino enters his 39th year in the Red Sox organization and will serve as a player development consultant in 2006.
Felix Maldonado begins his 44th year in the Red Sox organization and will serve as a player development consultant in 2006.
Bob Tewksbury returns as sports psychology coach.
Brian Whelan returns as the Latin American education coordinator.
Mike Stelmach returns as the club’s minor league equipment manager.