White Sox name player development staff

MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago White Sox announced a number of changes to the player development staff, including the hiring of Joel Skinner as the manager at Triple-A Charlotte.

Also announced were new assignments for former Triple-A Charlotte hitting coach Tim Laker and for former standout closer Bobby Thigpen.

Skinner, who was the bench coach for the Oakland A’s last season, will take over at Charlotte for Joe McEwing, who was promoted to the White Sox’s third-base coach for the upcoming season. A coach with the Cleveland Indians for nine seasons, Skinner also had a nine-year major-league career.

Laker, who was the hitting coach at Charlotte last season, will move to the vacant minor-league hitting instructor role. That job was last occupied by Jeff Manto, who will be the White Sox’s hitting coach for the upcoming season. Andy Tomberlin will move up from Double-A and take Laker’s old role.

Thigpen, who was the pitching coach at Single-A Winston Salem the past three seasons, will move up to the Double-A level and assume the same role.