There are some new faces in the White Sox minor league managerial ranks.
The team announced the skippers for its farm teams Monday, with new managers for all four teams: two of them new to the organization and the other two new to their teams. Wes Helms is the new manager at Triple-A Charlotte, Justin Jirschele is the new manager at Double-A Birmingham, Ryan Newman is the new manager at Class A Winston-Salem, and Guillermo Quiroz is the new manager at Class A Kannapolis.
Helms spent 13 years as a big leaguer, playing exclusively in the National League with the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Florida Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies. He worked as a bench coach the past two seasons, with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 2018 and with the White Sox organization last season in Birmingham.
2020 will be Jirschele's fourth season as a manager in the White Sox system and Birmingham his third stop in the last three seasons. He spent 2019 in Winston-Salem after two seasons at Kannapolis. He'll turn 30 in April.
Newman has nearly a decade's worth of managerial experience in the White Sox system, managing rookie league teams for five seasons and spending time as the skipper at Kannapolis, Winston-Salem and Birmingham. He was the manager at Kannapolis last season and will return to Winston-Salem in 2020, where he managed in 2013.
Quiroz spent parts of 10 seasons in the majors with six different teams. He was part of the coaching staff at Charlotte in 2019.
Additionally, the White Sox announced their entire player-development staff for the 2020 season. Notably, there are new pitching and hitting coaches at Charlotte: Matt Zaleski, the Arlington Heights native who's spent the last three seasons as a pitching coach in the White Sox system (including last year at Winston-Salem), and former big leaguer Howie Clark, respectively. Danny Farquhar, the former White Sox reliever who recovered from an in-game brain aneurysm suffered during the 2018 season, will be the new pitching coach at Winston-Salem.
Chris Getz returns for his fourth season as the team's director of player development. Everett Teaford is the team's minor league pitching coordinator, and former big league first baseman Ben Broussard is the team's minor league hitting coordinator.
The focus figures to shift more and more away from the minor leagues as the White Sox make their transition from rebuilding to contending at the big league level. But the key to sustained success is continuing to replenish the farm system and continue to bring more highly ranked prospects up to the majors as time goes on. All the minor league names White Sox fans have learned over the past few rebuilding seasons figure to be playing on the South Side in 2020 or shortly thereafter, but ideally, there will be waves of talent to follow, making the work of the player-development staff important in perpetuity.
White Sox announce minor league managers for 2020 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago