Truby to Manage BlueClaws in 2011

The Phillies announced today that Chris Truby will manage the BlueClaws in 2011. The 36-year old has been with Williamsport each of the last two seasons, leading the Crosscutters to an 85-67 record over the two campaigns.

2010 manager Mark Parent heads to Reading while 2009 manager Dusty Wathan stays with Clearwater.

The BlueClaws also return hitting coach Greg Legg and pitching coach Steve Schrenk.

The entire release from the Phillies is below the fold, with more to come on our end here in a few minutes.

Here is the Phillies release.

PHILLIES ANNOUNCE 2011 PLAYER DEVELOPMENT STAFF

Former Phillies All-Star second baseman Mickey Morandini has joined the organization’s player development staff as manager for single-A Williamsport, Chuck LaMar, Assistant General Manager, Player Development & Scouting announced today.  Morandini is one of three new members of the staff, along with Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and former major league pitcher Les Lancaster, who join 30 returning members.

Morandini, 44, will manage the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies’ single-A affiliate in the New York-Penn League.  Morandini played 11 seasons (1990-2000) in the major leagues, nine of them with the Phillies.  He was a member of the 1993 National League Champion Phillies and, in 1995, was selected to the NL All-Star team.

A fifth-round selection by the Phillies out of Indiana University in 1988, Morandini had a career .989 fielding percentage at second base, committing double-digits in errors only once.  For his career, he batted .268 with 32 home runs, 351 RBI and 123 stolen bases in 1,298 games.  While 2011 will mark his first official season as a professional manager or coach, Morandini spent the last two years as a guest instructor during spring training for the Phillies.  Since his retirement, he has served as the baseball coach for Valparaiso High School in Indiana.  Morandini will be joined by returning staff members Jorge Velandia and pitching coach Lance Carter, both of whom are entering their second season with the Phillies.

Last week the Phillies announced the hiring of Sandberg as manager of triple-A Lehigh Valley.  Sandberg’s staff will consist of Sal Rende, who spent the last three years as the minor league hitting coordinator, and pitching coach Rod Nichols.  For Nichols, the 2011 season will be his 12th in the Phillies’ player development system.

At double-A Reading, Mark Parent will be the new manager.  Parent led single-A Lakewood to the South Atlantic League Championship in 2010, his first year with the Phillies, and was named as manager to the league’s postseason All-Star team.  Coaches Frank Cacciatore and Bob Milacki will remain on the Reading staff.

Dusty Wathan will return for a second year with single-A Clearwater.  Wathan has spent the last five years in the Phillies’ minor league system as both a player (2006-07) and manager (2008-10).  Dave Lundquist returns as his pitching coach with the other coaching spot yet to be determined.

Lakewood will be helmed by Chris Truby.  Truby led Williamsport last year, his second season as part of the Phillies’ minor league staff.  Returning coaches Greg Legg and Steve Schrenk (pitching) will comprise his staff.  Legg enters his 30th year as a member of the Phillies organization – his 18th as a minor league instructor – after being drafted by the team in 1982.

For the ninth season of his career, Roly deArmas will manage the rookie-level Gulf Coast Phillies.  DeArmas has spent 32 of his 39 seasons of professional baseball with the Phillies organization.  Kevin Jordan, who moves from Clearwater to the GCL Phillies, and newcomer Lancaster (pitching) will make up the coaching staff.  Lancaster pitched seven years in the major leagues for the Chicago Cubs (1987-91), Detroit Tigers (1992) and St. Louis Cardinals (1993), going 41-28 with 22 saves and a 4.05 ERA in 323 career games (39 starts).  Carlos Arroyo, a longtime part of the Gulf Coast coaching staff, will resume his duties as rehab pitching coach.  Arroyo is the senior member of the Phillies’ player development system, having been with the club for 36 years, the last 28 as a minor league coach.

The Phillies’ minor league coordinator staff will consist of returning members Mike Compton (field), Gorman Heimueller (pitching), Steve Henderson (hitting), Doug Mansolino (infield) and Ernie Whitt (catching) with Donnie Sadler (outfield/baserunning) joining the group.  Henderson spent last season as the outfield/baserunning coordinator, while Sadler served as a coach for the Gulf Coast Phillies.

Athletic coordinators Brian Cammarota (athletic trainers) and Shawn Fcasni (strength & conditioning) remain in their positions.  Minor league athletic trainers remain as follows: Jason Kirkman (Lehigh Valley), Chris Mudd (Reading), Ichiro Kitano (Clearwater), Mickey Kozack (Lakewood), Jon May (Williamsport) and Troy Hoffert (Gulf Coast).  Jason Meredith and Andrew Jedlicka, two newcomers to the minor league athletic training staff, will serve as strength and conditioning coaches for Lehigh Valley and the Gulf Coast team, respectively.

Lehigh Valley (AAA)                                                   Reading (AA)

Ryne Sandberg (manager)                                              Mark Parent (manager)

Sal Rende (coach)                                                          Frank Cacciatore (coach)

Rod Nichols (pitching coach)                                            Bob Milacki (pitching coach)

Clearwater (A)                                                           Lakewood (A)

Dusty Wathan (manager)                                                Chris Truby (manager)

TBA (coach)                                                                  Greg Legg (coach)

Dave Lundquist (pitching coach)                                      Steve Schrenk (pitching coach)

Williamsport (A)                                                         Gulf Coast Phillies

Mickey Morandini (manager)                                           Roly deArmas (manager)

Jorge Velandia (coach)                                                   Kevin Jordan (coach)

Lance Carter (pitching coach)                                          Carlos Arroyo (pitching coach)

Les Lancaster (pitching coach)



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