Viola to join Backman in Las Vegas

January, 8, 2014
Jan 8
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Adam RubinFrank Viola will serve as Triple-A Las Vegas pitching coach in 2014.


Frank Viola is getting a promotion.

Viola, who served as low-A Savannah's pitching coach the past two seasons, will serve in that role for Wally Backman with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014.

George Greer will return as the 51s' hitting coach.

Viola is expected to work with some of the organization's top pitching prospects to open the year, potentially including Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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