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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Rangers set minor-league coaching staffs

By Richard Durrett

The Texas Rangers made their managers, coaches and staff for all of their minor-league affiliates in 2013 official today. That includes some new faces. Here's the club's release about the additions of Joe Mikulik (outfield coordinator), Steve Mintz (Myrtle Beach pitching coach), Bobby Rose (coach in Spokane) and Jorge Orta (coach in Arizona). Also, Corey Ragsdale will now manage Hickory and Kenny Holmberg will handle the managing duties in Arizona.

Scott Coolbaugh, who was the Rangers' hitting coach in 2013, is back in Triple-A Round Rock for the 2013 season. Here's information from the club release about the new members of the staff:

Mikulik, a Weimer, Texas native, joins the Texas organization after spending the previous 13 seasons with the Colorado Rockies, all as the manager of the Low-A Asheville Tourists. In his 13-year run as Asheville manager, Mikulik compiled the most wins of any manager in Asheville history and was named the South Atlantic League Manager of the Year in 2007. Mikulik was Houston’s ninth round selection in the 1984 June Draft and played for 12 years in the Astros organization, rising to Triple-A Tuscon.

Mintz will mentor the pitchers at High-A Myrtle Beach in 2013 after spending the previous 11 seasons in the Minnesota Twins organization, including the last four with High-A Ft. Myers. Mintz pitched professionally for 12 seasons with Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Anaheim after he was originally drafted as a catcher by the Dodgers in the 1990 June Draft. Rose will join the coaching ranks for the first time following a standout career in Japan with the Yokohoma BayStars and Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Central League from 1993-2000 and 2003. Rose led the BayStars to a league championship in 1998 and batted .339 with 37 home runs and 153 RBI in 1999, setting a Central League record with 192 hits that was broken six years later by current Milwaukee outfielder Norichika Aoki. Orta had spent seven seasons in the Cincinnati organization, including each of the last three as a hitting coach in the Arizona League. A two-time All-Star, Orta batted .278 with 130 home runs and 745 RBI in a 16-year big league career with Chicago-AL, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Kansas City. Orta had spent the previous nine seasons in the Houston organization, with three of those campaigns as a manager at Martinsville (Rookie).

Here are the 2013 staffs:

Round Rock (AAA)

Manager: Bobby Jones
Pitching: Brad Holman
Coach: Scott Coolbaugh
Coach: Spike Owen
Trainer: Jason Roberts
Strength: Ric Mabie

Frisco (AA)
Manager: Steve Buechele
Pitching: Jeff Andrews
Coach: Jason Hart
Trainer: Carlos Olivas
Strength: Eric McMahon

Myrtle Beach (High-A)
Manager: Jason Wood
Pitching: Steve Mintz
Coach: Josue Perez
Trainer: Jeffrey Bodenhamer
Strength: Anthony Miller

Hickory (Low-A)
Manager: Corey Ragsdale
Pitching: Ryan O’Malley
Coach: Justin Mashore
Coach: Humberto Miranda
Trainer: Jacob Newburn
Strength: Wade LaMont

Spokane (Short-A)
Manager: Tim Hulett
Pitching: Oscar Marin
Coach: Bobby Rose
Coach: Vinny Lopez
Trainer: Sean Fields
Strength: Ed Yong

Arizona (Rookie)
Manager: Kenny Holmberg
Pitching: Brian Shouse
Pitching: Jose Jaimes
Coach: Donzell McDonald
Coach: Jorge Orta
Trainer: Zach Jones
Strength: Josiah Igono

Dominican (Rookie)
Manager: Ryley Westman
Pitching: Pablo Blanco
Pitching: TBA
Hitting: Guillermo Mercedes
Infield: Jesus Ovalle
Bench: Alexis Infante
Outfield: Osvaldo Oliva
Strength: Eduardo Thomas

Roving Instructors
Field Coordinator: Jayce Tingler
Pitching: Danny Clark
Infield/Baserunning: Casey Candaele
Outfield: Joe Mikulik
Catching: Hector Ortiz
Special Assistant - Hitting: Harry Spilman
Special Assistant - Pitching: Mark Connor
Special Assignment Coach: Brian Dayett
Special Assignment Coordinator: Dale Gilbert
Strength and Conditiong Coord.: Napoleon Pichardo

Arizona Operations
Rehab Pitching Coordinator: Keith Comstock
Rehab Athletic Trainer: T.J. Nakagawa
Manager-Cultural Diversity: Billy McLaughlin
Player Development Administrator: Josh Shelton
Assistant Equipment Manager: Chris Ackerman