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D-backs announce 2021 Player Development Staff

It’ll be nice if there is a minor-league season this year...

2015 Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

The Arizona Diamondbacks have named the organization’s 2021 Player Development staff. As previously announced, invitations to become affiliates have been sent to Triple-A Reno, Double-A Amarillo, Single-A Advanced Hillsboro and Single-A Visalia, pending the completion of the process.

Blake Lalli takes over as manager of the Reno Aces, having previously been manager of the Jackson Generals. At age 37, Lalli is the youngest manager in the history of the Reno Aces, and is the first to have been a former player with the team. He was on their roster as part of the D-backs organization in 2014 + 2015, but didn’t reach the majors as a D-back. Though as shown above, we do have a pic of him in Sedona Red. :) Lalli did play part of three seasons in MLB, with the Cubs, Brewers and Braves. Lalli takes over from Chris Cron (Kevin’s Dad), who moves to become overall on-field coordinator.

There are changes at the helm of our other minor-league affiliates as well. Shawn Roof takes over at our new Double-A affiliate, the Sod Poodles. Roof was named Manager of the Year by the California League in the last minor-league season, 2019, when he ran the Visalia Rawhide and took them to a league-best 78-46 record. The Hillsboro Hops see Vince Harrison take over, after he had managed the Kane County Cougars in 2019. Meanwhile, Visalia get Javier Colina, who led the Hillsboro Hops to the Northwest League title in 2019. They’ll also have Barry Enright as their pitching coach.

Below are the full coaching roster. Numbers in parentheses: first number is their years with the current title (consecutive); second number is consecutive years with the D-backs organization.

2021 staff, front office + general

Director, Player Development Josh Barfield (2nd/7th)
Assistant Director, Player Development Matt Grabowski (2nd/2nd)
Assistant Director, Minor League Administration Shawn Marette (2nd/7th)
Coordinator, Baseball Development Technology Cory Swope (2nd/6th)
Latin American Baseball Operations Coordinator Mariana Patraca (4th/6th)
Analyst, Baseball Operations Research & Development Micah Daley-Harris (3rd/3rd)
Field Coordinator Chris Cron (1st/8th)
Pitching Coordinator Dan Carlson (8th/19th)
Hitting Coordinator Bijan Rademacher (1st/1st)
Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator Jonny Gomes (3rd/4th)
Infield Coordinator Gil Velazquez (5th/5th)
Catching Coordinator/Complex Coach Mark Reed (2nd/9th)
Rehab Pitching Coordinator Brad Arnsberg (9th/9th)
Player Development Assistant Orlando Hudson (6th/6th)
Short-Season Pitching Coordinator Hatuey Mendoza (1st/15th)
Short-Season Hitting Coordinator Casey Chenoweth (2nd/2nd)
DSL Field Coordinator/Manager Jaime Del Valle (2nd/5th)
Medical Coordinator Max Esposito (2nd/5th)
Director, Skills Development Vaughn Robinson (1st/15th)
Medical Administrator Jon Herzner (5th/7th)
Team Performance Dietician Michelle Riccardi (2nd/2nd)
Rehab and Performance Therapist Kelly Boyce (2nd/6th)
Latin American Medical Coordinator Spencer Ryan (4th/6th)
Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Tim Queck (2nd/5th)
Therapist Merritt Walker (2nd/2nd)
Coordinator, Mental Skills Zach Brandon (3rd/3rd)
Mental Skills Coach Charley Jauss (3rd/3rd)
Mental Skills Coach Sydney Masters (2nd/2nd)
Coordinator, Salt River Fields Complex Bob Bensinger (21st/21st)
Clubhouse Assistant James Cameron (21st/21st)
Clubhouse Assistant Mike Young (7th/11th)

2021 staff, minor-leagues

Full Season Triple-A (Reno Aces( Double-A (Amarillo Sod Poodles)
Full Season Triple-A (Reno Aces( Double-A (Amarillo Sod Poodles)
Manager Blake Lalli (1st/4th) Shawn Roof (1st/6th)
Pitching Coach Jeff Bajenaru (3rd/11th) Doug Drabek (1st/12th)
Hitting Coach Rick Short (1st/12th) Travis Denker (1st/4th)
Coach Jorge Cortés (1st/6th) Carlos Mesa (1st/5th)
Trainer Michael Powell (2nd/5th) Joe Rosauer (1st/6th)
Strength/Cond. Derek Somerville (1st/5th) Derek Clovis (1st/4th)
Full-Season Single-A Advanced (Hillsboro Hops) Single-A (Visalia Rawhide)
Manager Vince Harrison (1st/8th) Javier Colina (1st/8th)
Pitching Coach Shane Loux (1st/5th) Barry Enright (2nd/3rd)
Hitting Coach K.C. Judge (1st/3rd) Micah Franklin (1st/5th)
Coach Juan Francia (1st/6th) Darrin Garner (1st/6th)
Trainer Damon Reel (1st/4th) Daniel Fifer (2nd/3rd)
Strength/Cond. Nathan Friedman (1st/4th) Logan Jones (2nd/4th)
Short-season Arizona Complex Team
Manager Rolando Amedo (1st/9th)
Pitching Coach Gabriel Hernandez (1st/2nd)
Hitting Coach Mark Reed (1st/9th)
Hitting Coach Nick Evans (1st/3rd)
Coach Cody Ransom (2nd/2nd)
Trainer Jake Waldron (2nd/2nd)
Strength/Cond. David Robertson (2nd/2nd)
Short-season Dominican Summer League Boca Chica D-backs (2 Teams)
DSL Field Coordinator/Manager Jaime Del Valle (3rd/5th) – as Mgr.
Field Manager Ronald Ramírez (3rd/4th)
Pitching Coach José Tapia (19th/19th)
Pitching Coach Manny García (1st/15th)
Hitting Coach Izzy Alcántara (5th/5th)
Hitting Coach Rafael Ozuna (3rd/4th)
Extra Coach Juan Ballara (4th/24th)
Extra Coach Luis Silverio (2nd/2nd)
Trainer Carlos Pérez (10th/10th)
Trainer Adam Brewer (4th/4th)
Trainer Mario del Rosario (5th/5th)
Strength and Conditioning Coach Edgar Soto (11th/11th)
Strength and Conditioning Coach Santo Henriquez (5th/5th)
Administrator José Díaz (24th/24th)
Administrative Assistant Yenastry Spauve (2nd/2nd)