The Triple-A staff in Rochester, which was announced earlier this offseason, will be headed once again by manager Joel Skinner for the second straight season. Stu Cliburn will serve as the team’s pitching coach while Javier Valentin will be the Red Wings’ hitting coach. They are joined on staff by bullpen coach Mike McCarthy, trainer Chris Johnson and strength and conditioning coach Jacob Dean.
Ramon Borrego will move up to Double-A, managing the Pensacola (Fla.) Blue Wahoos, with the team switching affiliation from the Chattanooga Lookouts. Borrego managed at Class-A Advanced Fort Myers last season. Cibney Bello and Justin Willard will split pitching coach duties after doing so together at Single-A Cedar Rapids a season ago, and Steve Singleton will be the club’s hitting coach. Davey LaCroix (trainer) and Travis Coon (strength and conditioning coach) will join the staff.
Toby Gardenhire, son of former longtime Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, will move up from Single-A Cedar Rapids to lead the Class A Fort Myers Miracle. Matt Borgschulte (hitting coach), Luis Ramirez (pitching coach), Frank Jagoda (coach), Ben Myers (trainer) and Chuck Broadway (strength and conditioning) round out the Fort Myers staff.
In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Brian Dinkelman will begin his first professional managerial job with the Kernels after spending last year as the team’s hitting coach. Ryan Smith will take over as hitting coach, with Virgil Vasquez serving as the team’s pitching coach. Luis Rodriguez will serve as a coach for the Kernels, while Tyler Blair will be the team’s trainer and Kyle Kelly the team’s strength and conditioning coach.
Longtime manager Ray Smith will begin his 33rd year on staff for Rookie Level Elizabethton. He will be joined by Richard Salazar (pitching coach), Jeff Reed (hitting coach), Takashi Miyoshi (coach), Matt Kalies (trainer) and Connor Derrickson (strength and conditioning).
Robbie Robinson will take over as manager for the Gulf Coast League Twins while Zach Bove and Carlos Hernandez will take over as pitching coaches. Michael Thomas, Nate Rasmussen and Caleb Abney will split pitching coach responsibilities, with Cesar Castillo (strength and conditioning) and Asja Morello (trainer) also on staff.
In the Dominican Summer League, Seth Feldman will take over as manager after making the jump from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Kevin Rodriguez and Dan Urbina will be the team’s pitching coaches, while Leury Bonilla and Jairo Rodriguez will handle hitting coach duties. Jimmy Alvarez will be a coach, while Carlos Frias and Wladimir Morales will be the team’s trainers and Juan Carlos Pinto and Miguel Cabrera will be the team’s strength and conditioning coaches.
For the second straight year, Edgar Varela will be the organization’s minor league field coordinator, and Pete Maki will be the pitching coordinator. J.P Martinez will join him as the assistant pitching coordinator. Former Cubs manager Mike Quade will serve as outfield coordinator, Peter Fatse will be the hitting coordinator, Billy Boyer will run infield and baserunning, and Tanner Swanson will coordinate the catchers. Sam Perlozzo and Bob McClure will be senior advisors to player development.
Team adds reliever Parker
The Twins announced Monday they signed right-handed pitcher Blake Parker to a one-year contract.
Parker, 33, appeared in 67 games and 66.1 innings for the Los Angeles Angels last season, going 2-1 with a 3.26 earned-run average, 19 walks, 70 strikeouts and a team-leading 14 saves in 17 opportunities.
He has played parts of six seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and Angels, combining for a record of 8-7 with a 3.29 ERA, 24 saves, 68 walks, 256 strikeouts and a .229 opponent batting average. Since the beginning of the 2017 season, Parker ranks tied for seventh in the American League in appearances (138) and tied for 12th in strikeouts among relievers (156).
To make room for Parker on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated right-handed pitcher John Curtiss for release or assignment. Curtiss, who was drafted by the Twins in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, appeared in eight games for Minnesota last season, going 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA, four walks and seven strikeouts.