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D-backs announce Minor League coaching staffs
12/13/2010 5:09 PM ET
(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Monday the managers, coaches and staffs for their Minor League affiliates as well as the Minor League coordinators for the 2011 season, according to D-backs director, player development Mike Bell.

Mel Stottlemyre Jr., who served as the D-backs' pitching coach during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, will be the organization's short-season pitching coordinator. Joel Youngblood, who served as the D-backs' third-base coach for half of last season, returns to his role as the organization's outfield & baserunning coordinator.

The Triple-A Reno Aces return their coaching staff for the team's third season. Manager Brett Butler will be at the helm for the third straight season, his seventh in the organization and fifth as a manager after managing at Double-A Mobile in 2007 and Class A Lancaster in 2006. Mike Parrott returns as pitching coach for his 10th season with the Triple-A club and 15th season in the organization. Rick Burleson returns as hitting coach for a third season, his fourth in the organization.

The Double-A Mobile BayBears will be managed by Turner Ward, who is making his managerial debut after spending the previous three seasons as the hitting coach for the BayBears. Dan Carlson will serve as the pitching coach in his second season in Mobile and his 10th in the organization. Alan Zinter takes over as hitting coach in his third season with the organization, having served in the same capacity at Class A Visalia the previous two seasons.

The Visalia Rawhide will be led by first-year manager Jason Hardtke, who spent the last two seasons as the hitting coach for rookie-advanced Missoula. Doug Drabek assumes pitching coach duties in his second season in the organization after making his coaching debut in 2010 with advanced Class A Yakima. Hitting coach Andy Abad enters his first season with the Rawhide after serving in the same capacity with Yakima the past two seasons.

The Class A South Bend Silver Hawks return manager Mark Haley for his seventh season. Pitching coach Wellington Cepeda enters his second season with the Silver Hawks in his eighth year in the organization. Hitting coach Bobby Smith will make his coaching debut with the Silver Hawks.

The Yakima Bears will be led by Audo Vicente for the first time after spending last season at the helm of Visalia. Pitching coach Doug Bochtler and hitting coach Jacob Cruz will each be making their coaching debut with the Bears.

The Missoula Osprey will be managed for the second straight season by Hector de la Cruz, who enters his 11th season in the organization. Gil Heredia will serve as pitching coach in his second full season as a coach, having served as an auxiliary coach before taking over at Yakima as pitching coach in 2009. Hitting coach Andy Green will make his coaching debut with the Osprey.

The rookie-level Arizona League D-backs will be managed by former D-backs catcher Kelly Stinnett, while former D-backs pitcher Jeff Bajenaru will serve as pitching coach. Abraham Nunez will assume hitting-coach duties. Stinnett will be making his managerial debut, while Bajenaru and Nunez will each be making their coaching debuts.

Members of the Dominican Summer League staff for 2011 include Luis Urueta (field coordinator), Juan Ballara (field manager), Jose Tapia (pitching coach), Jorge Salfran (hitting coach), Elvis Pena (infield coach), Gregorio Ramirez (outfield coach), Bladamir Marte (athletic trainer), Bruly Medina (assistant trainer), and Milciades Noboa Sr. (administrator).

Coordinators on the D-backs' player development staff for 2011 include Chad Kreuter (field), Jeff Pico (pitching), Mel Stottlemyre Jr. (short season pitching), Alan Cockrell (hitting), Tony Perezchica (infield), Joel Youngblood (outfield/baserunning), Bill Plummer (catching), Carlos Hernandez (short season catching), Hatuey Mendoza (Latin liaison), Ryan DiPanfilo (medical), Jimmy Southard (assistant medical), Brett McCabe (strength), Jim Currigan (video), Bob Bensinger (complex) and Ben Dorgan (clubhouse assistant).

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