Detroit Tigers announce 2022 minor league coaches, player development staffers

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The Detroit Tigers officially announced Thursday coaching staffs for their minor league teams ahead of the 2022 season, along with introducing various newcomers to the player development department.

It's the first staff under vice president of player development Ryan Garko, who replaced Dave Littlefield in late September.

The five managers are Gary Jones (Triple-A Toledo), Gabe Alvarez (Double-A Erie), Brayan Peña (High-A West Michigan), Andrew Graham (Low-A Lakeland) and Mike Alvarez (Florida Complex League).

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Peña, Graham and Mike Alvarez received the same assignments they had for 2021 season.

The Tigers hired Jones on Dec. 2 to lead the Mud Hens, after firing last year's manager. The 61-year-old spent the past four seasons as the manager for Triple-A Lehigh, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. He worked as the Chicago Cubs' third base coach from 2014-17.

Back in 1997, Jones managed now-Tigers manager AJ Hinch as a player for Triple-A Edmonton. That year, Jones secured one of his five manager of the year awards in his 18 seasons as a skipper in the minors.

Gabe Alvarez is new to the franchise's coaching staff as the SeaWolves' manager.

The 47-year-old replaced Arnie Beyeler, who has moved to an on-field coordinator job within the organization. Before joining the Tigers, Alvarez spent 11 seasons with USC as an assistant coach.

As a player, Alvarez made his MLB debut with the Tigers in June 1998. He played in the big leagues from 1998-2000, hitting .222 with seven home runs in 92 games.

(L to R) Toledo Mud Hens first baseman Spencer Torkelson talks with hitting coach Jeff Branson during batting practice before his teams game against the St. Paul Saints at Fifth Third Stadium in Toledo, Ohio on August 24, 2021.
(L to R) Toledo Mud Hens first baseman Spencer Torkelson talks with hitting coach Jeff Branson during batting practice before his teams game against the St. Paul Saints at Fifth Third Stadium in Toledo, Ohio on August 24, 2021.

Here are the staff members and coaches for the Tigers' minor league teams in 2022:

Administration: Ryan Garko (vice president, player development), Kenny Graham (director, player development), Peter Bransfield (assistant director, player development), Ryan Sienko (director, coaching and field coordinator), Gabe Ribas (director, pitching), Euclides Rojas (director, Latin American player development), Dan Lunetta (director, minor league operations), Cheryl Evans (director, scouting minor league admin), David Allende (manager, player development).

On-field coordinators: Jeff Branson (coordinator, hitting), Max Gordon (coordinator, hitting), Steve Smith (coordinator, pitching), Stephanos Stroop (coordinator, pitching), Jorge Cordova (assistant coordinator, pitching), Billy Boyer (coordinator, infield), Arnie Beyeler (coordinator, baserunning and outfield), Angel Berroa (Latin American infield coordinator).

Athletic training, strength/conditioning, performance sciences, other: Francisco Rivas (coordinator, strength and conditioning), Ryan Maedel (coordinator, strength and conditioning), Manny Pena (international coordinator, medical), Duncan Evans (physical therapist), Brian Taggett (Latin American performance coach), Dr. Spencer Wood (performance and mental skills coach), Brian Peterson (performance enhancement coach), Daniel Crago (coordinator, player development), Jose Sajour (coordinator, player development), Kevin Guthrie (coordinator, minor league complex), Sharon Lockwood (coordinator, cultural assimilation), Correy Ericksen (coordinator, minor league video), Patrick Saenz (manager, minor league clubhouse), Pete Mancuso (assistant manager, minor league clubhouse).

Triple-A Toledo

Manager: Gary Jones.

Bench coach: Tony Cappuccilli.

Pitching coach: Doug Bochtler.

Hitting coach: Adam Melhuse.

Athletic trainer: Jason Schwartzman.

Strength and conditioning coach: Phil Hartt.

Baseball information assistant: Zach Monash.

Double-A Erie

Manager: Gabe Alvarez.

Developmental coach: Ollie Kadey.

Pitching coach: Dan Ricabal.

Hitting coach: John Murrian.

Athletic trainer: Chris Vick.

Strength and conditioning coach: Andres Rodriguez.

Baseball information assistant: Miles Semetis.

High-A West Michigan

Manager: Brayan Pena.

Developmental coach: Nick Bredeson.

Pitching coach: Dean Stiles.

Hitting coach: CJ Wamsley.

Athletic trainer: Sean McFarland.

Strength and conditioning coach: Tyler Gniadek.

Baseball information assistant: Quinn Smith.

Low-A Lakeland

Manager: Andrew Graham.

Developmental coach: Matt Malott.

Pitching coach: Juan Pimentel.

Hitting coach: Francisco Contreras.

Athletic trainer: Erick Flores.

Strength and conditioning coach: Dax Fiore.

Baseball information assistant: Kyle Flanagan.

Florida Complex League

Manager: Mike Alvarez.

Developmental coach: Tim Garland.

Pitching coach: Carlos Bohorquez.

Hitting coach: Rafael Gil.

Athletic trainer: Juan Pena.

Strength and conditioning coach: Chris Romano.

Baseball information assistant: Ryan Morgan.

Dominican Republic Academy

DR Academy Admin.: Wilfredo Crespo.

DR Academy Admin.: Jimmy Ortiz.

ESL cultural assimilation: Israel Javalera.

Academy assistant: Luis Reyes.

Academy assistant: Pablo Rodriguez.

Clubhouse manager: Carlos Araujo.

Clubhouse manager: Jose Modesto.

Manager: Salvador Paniagua.

Manager: Marco Yepez.

Pitching coach: Luis Marte.

Pitching coach: Willans Moreno.

Assistant pitching coach: Roberto Yil.

Hitting coach: Luis Mateo.

Catching coach: Kely Ramos.

Infield coach: Ivan Contreras.

Infield coach: Solo Perdomo.

Outfield coach: Sandy Acevedo.

Strength coach: Franklin Galvez.

Strength coach: Miguel Martinez.

Strength coach: Felix Ojeda.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers player development announces 2022 minor league coaches