Skinner, Vinas return as managers

CHICAGO -- Julio Vinas, who guided Birmingham to the Southern League championship in 2013, will return in 2014 to manage the Chicago White Sox’s Double-A team.

The White Sox announced their player development staffs Tuesday in advance of spring training, which begins next month in Glendale, Ariz.

Also returning is Joel Skinner, who will manage Triple-A Charlotte for a third consecutive season. The Knights will move into a new stadium in downtown Charlotte for the upcoming season. Skinner’s staff will include pitching coach Richard Dotson and hitting coach Andy Tomberlin.

Vinas, who was named by Baseball America as the best manager prospect in the Southern League, will have a staff of pitching coach Britt Burns and hitting coach Brandon Moore.

New manager assignments include Tommy Thompson at Single-A Winston-Salem, Pete Rose Jr. at Single-A Kannapolis and Charlie Poe at Rookie League Great Falls. Thompson and Rose Jr. will enter their fourth seasons as managers in the organization. Rose Jr. led Great Falls to a spot in the Pioneer League playoffs last season.

Mike Gellinger, a former White Sox assistant hitting coach, will manage the organization’s new entry in the Arizona Rookie League. Last season he managed at advanced rookie Bristol, but that will no longer be a White Sox affiliate.

Tim Laker will return as the hitting coordinator and will be joined by new assistant hitting coordinator Vance Law.