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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles’ minor league coaching staffs are set

There’s still not much happening with the major league Orioles, but they’ve got all their ducks in a row in the minors after announcing their coaching staffs.

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2018 Baltimore Orioles Photo Day
Former O’s reliever and Darryl Strawberry-puncher Alan Mills will return as manager for the Gulf Coast League Orioles.

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

If you’re like me and you find the Orioles’ minor league affiliates considerably more intriguing than the threadbare major league club right now, yesterday’s news might be of some interest to you. The O’s announced their full minor league coaching staffs, the folks who will — for next year, at least — be tasked with molding and developing the Orioles’ young prospects into players ready for big league success.

There’s plenty of continuity among the managers. Five of the six skippers of stateside O’s affiliates in 2019 are returning next season, with ex-Keys manager Ryan Minor the only departure (Kyle Moore is moving up from Delmarva to Frederick as his replacement, with Dave Anderson taking the reins of the Shorebirds).

The most sweeping changes are with the hitting and pitching coaches. Not a single affiliate will have the same hitting coach or pitching coach in 2020 that they did this past season. In some cases, coaches are simply moving to a different level (like pitching coach Kennie Steenstra from Bowie to Norfolk and Justin Ramsey from Delmarva to Bowie), but there’s also plenty of fresh blood joining the organization in coaching roles.

Based on the previous work experiences of the newcomers, the Orioles certainly cast a wide net when making their hires. There are guys fresh out of the college ranks, like new Aberdeen pitching coach Joe Haumacher (who most recently coached at Dixie State in Utah) and Delmarva development coach Matt Packer (from Post University in Connecticut). There are guys who worked at baseball academies, like Bowie hitting coach Tim Gibbons (Be Elite Sports Training) and Delmarva hitting coach Ryan Fuller (Power in Training). And there are a pair of just-retired O’s farmhands making the shift to coaching, Collin Woody and Branden Becker, who are now the fundamentals coaches for the Keys and Ironbirds, respectively.

I must say, I love the diverse baseball backgrounds of these guys. The O’s aren’t just filling every minor league staff with grizzled old ex-players who love small ball and chewing tobacco. They’re bringing in young guys with unique ideas and fresh insights while also making room for longtime baseball men who have a wealth of experience as minor league coaches. And they’re all working toward a common goal: to build the next great talent pipeline that will one day turn the Orioles into contenders again.


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