The Los Angeles Dodgers announced their minor league coaching staff on Friday, a process that was held up slightly by the fact the major league coaching staff wasn't announced until three weeks ago. Although there weren't many major surprises, there were some notable reassignments and at least one interesting addition.
Jody Reed, whose 11-year career as a major league infielder included a season with the Dodgers in 1993, is joining the organization after four seasons as a coach in the New York Yankees' minor league system. Reed will take over as head of summer operations at the Dodgers' spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz., meaning he will coordinate all instruction at extended spring training, in the Arizona Rookie League and in the fall instructional league.
Reed also will manage the Rookie League team.
Reed replaces longtime Dodgers minor league fixture John Shoemaker, who after two seasons in charge at Camelback Ranch is returning to the dugout. The highly respected Shoemaker will manage at low Class A Great Lakes, marking his 19th season as a minor league manager and his 35th in the organization as a player, coach, manager or coordinator.
Great Lakes is considered one of the most important affiliates for the Dodgers because many of the previous year's top draft picks end up spending all or part of the season there. With former Loons manager Juan Bustabad being promoted to advanced Class A Inland Empire after guiding the club to a minor league-best 90-49 regular season record in 2010 before losing to Lake County in the Midwest League finals, DeJon Watson, the Dodgers' assistant general manager for player development, felt Shoemaker was the obvious choice.
"I wanted to make sure we had the right guy going to Midland, because that is one of our key areas," Watson said. "We wanted to make sure we had a really sound teacher there."
Former Dodgers infielder and all-time pinch-hitting leader Lenny Harris, who served as Shoemaker's hitting coordinator at Camelback Ranch the past two seasons, will join him as hitting coach at Great Lakes.
As previously reported by ESPNLosAngeles.com, Lorenzo Bundy will succeed Tim Wallach as manager at Triple-A Albuquerque. Bundy actually had preceded Wallach as the Dodgers' Triple-A manager, leaving before the 2009 season to become the major league first-base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks and thus clearing the way for Wallach to return to the organization. Wallach was promoted after the 2010 season to major league third-base coach. Bundy managed the Dodgers' Arizona Rookie League affiliate at Camelback Ranch in 2010.
As also previously reported, former big league outfielder Eric Owens is joining the organization at minor league hitting coordinator, with both pitching coordinator Rafael Chaves and outfield/baserunning coordinator Rodney McCray returning.
Owens replaces Gene Clines, who is being moved up to senior advisor for player development, which in Clines' case is really more of a special-assignment hitting coach's role.
"Gene will be kind of an offensive coordinator for us," Watson said. "He will take all of what we consider our core players -- our 'sweet 16' or 'sweet 20' or whatever we feel like we have, and make sure nothing gets lost, because we want to keep them going as consistently as we can. If Eric is on the East Coast, Gene will be on the West Coast. But Geno, instead of staying in one spot for five days, will stay with an individual kid who might be struggling until that kid straightens himself out."
Another popular fixture, former Dodgers knuckleballer Charlie Hough, is moving from Inland Empire pitching coach to a role similar to that of Clines on the pitching side.
Bundy's Triple-A staff will consist of pitching coach Glenn Dishman and hitting coach John Valentin. Carlos Subero returns for a second year as manager at Double-A Chattanooga, with former Dodgers first baseman Franklin Stubbs as his hitting coach and Chuck Crim as pitching coach. Damon Berryhill will manage the advanced Rookie League team in Ogden, Utah, which, like the Arizona League club, will begin play after the June draft.
Also, Bruce Hines returns for a second season as field coordinator, a role in which he oversees the entire minor league operation and serves as Watson's top lieutenant.
Field Coordinator: Bruce Hines
Senior Advisor, Player Development: P.J. Carey, Gene Clines, Charlie Hough
Hitting Coordinator: Eric Owens
Pitching Coordinator: Rafael Chaves
Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator: Rodney McCray
Infield Coordinator: Matt Martin
Catching Coordinator: Travis Barbary
Campo Las Palmas Coordinator: Henry Cruz
Field Coordinator, Campo Las Palmas: Antonio Bautista
Manager: Lorenzo Bundy
Hitting Coach: John Valentin
Pitching Coach: Glenn Dishman
Manager: Carlos Subero
Hitting Coach: Franklin Stubbs
Pitching Coach: Chuck Crim
Single-A Rancho Cucamonga:
Manager: Juan Bustabad
Hitting Coach: Michael Boughton
Pitching Coach: Hector Berrios
Single-A Great Lakes:
Manager: John Shoemaker
Hitting Coach: Lenny Harris
Pitching Coach: Kremlin Martinez
Manager: Damon Berryhill
Hitting Coach: Johnny Washington
Pitching Coach: Bill Simas
Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers:
Manager/Camelback Ranch – Glendale Coordinator of Instruction: Jody Reed
Hitting Coach: Leo Garcia
Pitching Coach: Matt Herges
Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers:
Manager: Pedro Mega
Hitting Coach: Esteban Lopez
Pitching Coach: Alejandro Pena
Roving Guest Instructor: Ramon Martinez
Catching Coach: Jose D. Hernandez
Assistant Coach: Rafael Ozuna
Camelback Ranch – Glendale:
Camelback Ranch Pitching Coach: Jim Slaton
Coach/Exchange Program Instructor: Daisuke Yamashita
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.