The Texas Rangers announced some additions and alterations to the club's baseball operations staff on Tuesday. A look (information from the club's release):
Scott Coolbaugh promoted from Triple-A Hitting Coach to Hitting Coordinator
Last season was Coolbaugh’s seventh in the Texas organization. He has served as a hitting instructor at several levels within the system, including time as the major league hitting coach from June 8, 2011 through the end of 2012. He has also been the hitting coach for Double-A Frisco (2007-08), Triple-A Oklahoma City (2009-10), and Triple-A Round Rock (2013).
Brook Jacoby hired as Assistant Hitting Coordinator
Jacoby returns to the Texas organization after seven seasons as the major league hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds. Under Jacoby, the Cincinnati offense produced the 2nd-highest on-base percentage and the 3rd-highest run total in the National League in 2013. Prior to joining the Reds in 2007, the two-time A.L. All-Star spent four seasons with Texas as a hitting coach for the Arizona League Rangers (2003-04) and then as minor league hitting coordinator (2005-06). Jacoby also filled in as the major league hitting coach in April and May of the 2006 season.
James Keller hired as Special Assistant to the General Manager
Keller most recently served as the Orioles national pitching crosschecker after having a role as a pro scout. He also worked as a scout and minor league pitching coach in the Arizona organization, and was a minor league pitching coach with Toronto. While with Baltimore, Keller signed right-handed pitcher David Hernandez.
Brian Williams hired as Southeast Regional Crosschecker
Williams has been a Midwest area scout with the Mariners since 2004, and added additional duties as a crosschecker in Canada the past two years. Prior to joining the Seattle scouting staff, he worked as a baseball operations assistant and area scout for the Cubs from 2000-05. In his time as an area scout, Williams has signed four eventual major leaguers: left-handed pitcher Jerry Blevins, right-handed pitcher Nate Adcock, left-handed pitcher James Paxton, and right-handed pitcher Steve Delabar.
Mike Grouse promoted to Pro Scout (formerly National Crosschecker)
Grouse has been with the Rangers since 1988, and most recently served as a national crosschecker. He was originally selected by the Rangers in the 1984 June draft.
Jay Eddings promoted to Pro Scout (formerly Amateur Scout)
Eddings has been an amateur scout with the Rangers since 1998.
Jake Krug promoted from Director, Minor League Operations to Special Assignment Crosschecker
Krug will be in his 12th season with the Rangers, serving primarily in player development with one season (2009) as the team’s eastern crosschecker.
Bobby Crook promoted to Amateur Scout for N. Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas(formerly Manager, Amateur Scouting)
Crook will be in his 11th season with the Rangers, the last five of which have been in a role supporting the scouting staff and leading preparation for the June draft.
Mike Medici hired as Area Scout for Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana/Kentucky
Medici is a native of Albany, New York and has spent the past four seasons covering Illinois and Indiana for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was a catcher at the University of Buffalo before a stint as a coach at the collegiate level.
Matt Klotsche promoted to Manager, Amateur Scouting
Klotsche will be in his seventh season with the Rangers, and has served as Manager, Baseball Operations the last two years after stints as an assistant in pro scouting and baseball operations.