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Rangers set minor-league coaching staffs

1/3/2013

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