The Colorado Rockies named their minor league coaching staffs across all affiliates on Thursday afternoon, in a release posted by the club's public relations department on Twitter. While a majority of the positions are made up of staff members returning to the organization, there are a few additions (listed in bold, below):
There are several notable names on that list, broken down in no particular order:
Darryl Scott returns as Triple-A Albuquerque's pitching coach. Recently, Rockies relief pitcher Justin Miller spoke with me and raved about the role Scott played in helping to develop Miller's career.
Mark Brewer returns to Low-A Asheville as the Tourists' pitching coach. Recently, Sam Howard spoke to me about Brewer's impact in his development as a pitcher, too.
Frank Gonzales is new as the on-field manager at rookie-level Grand Junction. New GJ Rockies team president Joe Kubly recently talked to me about Gonzales' community-minded attributes and raved about looking forward to working with the Colorado native this summer.
Anthony Sanders and Lee Stevens were both promoted from rookie-level Grand Junction to High-A Modesto. Sanders, who had been Grand Junction's on-field manager, will be Modesto's supervisor. Stevens will keep his position with his new promotion, serving as the team's hitting coach.
Perhaps most notably, the Rockies' mental skills coordinator position has yet to be filled, either. Andy McKay, who held that position the last three seasons, was hired by the Seattle Mariners this winter.
The hitting coach positions in Triple-A Albuquerque, short-season Boise, and rookie-level Grand Junction have yet to be filled. We'll keep you informed as soon as we know who will serve in those capacities.