CHICAGO -- Aaron Rowand will not be the only new member of the Chicago White Sox's player development staff that hails from the 2005 World Series champions, as Willie Harris has also been named to a minor league coaching position.
While Rowand already has been announced as the organization’s new roving outfield and baserunning coordinator, Harris was named Tuesday as hitting coach at Rookie League Great Falls, one of a number of coaching assignments the organization revealed.
Four of the six teams in the White Sox’s system will have new managers, led by Julio Vinas, who will take over as manager at Triple-A Charlotte after managing the last three seasons at Double-A Birmingham.
Ryan Newman, who has been an assistant coach at Charlotte the last two seasons, will take over as manager at Double-A Birmingham. Joel Skinner, who was the manager at Charlotte the last four seasons, now will manage at Class A Winston-Salem, while Cole Armstrong will be the manager at Class A Kannapolis.
Tommy Thompson will be the manager at Great Falls, while Mike Gellinger will return to manage the Arizona Rookie League White Sox, who won the league title last season.
Five pitching coaches return: Richard Dotson (Charlotte), J.R. Perdew (Birmingham), Jose Bautista (Winston-Salem), Brian Drahman (Kannapolis) and Felipe Lira (AZL White Sox). Matt Zaleski, of Arlington Heights in suburban Chicago, will take over as pitching coach at Great Falls.
Both Nick Capra (director of player development) and Kirk Champion (field coordinator) will enter their fifth consecutive season at their current positions. Vince Coleman returns as the organization's base stealing advisor.