The TORONTO BLUE JAYS are pleased to announce the minor league field staffs for the 2017 season. Former Major League Manager ERIC WEDGE will lead the Player Development Team as Field Coordinator following his inaugural season with the club in an Advisor role, with MIKE MORDECAI being promoted to Assistant Field Coordinator from his previous position as Coordinator of Instruction. Among other notable additions, JEFF WARE is promoted to Pitching Coordinator after three seasons as a Pitching Coach in the Blue Jays system and DEVON WHITE joins the coaching staff as Hitting Coach with AAA-affiliate Buffalo. White previously served as outfield and baserunning coordinator for Washington (2008-10) and baserunning coordinator for the Chicago White Sox (2011-12).


Key changes in Player Development will see KEN HUCKABY elevated to the role of Catching Coordinator after managing Dunedin in 2016, while DANNY SOLANO is promoted to Infield Coordinator following two seasons as Minor League Infield Coach. The recently created High Performance team has promoted JEREMY TRACH to oversee the Minor League Strength and Conditioning operations as S&C Coordinator, after serving as the Dunedin S&C Coach in 2016. BEN FREAKLEY JR. joins the club in the capacity of Mental Performance Coach, while PAT CHASSE does the same in the role of Rehab Coordinator.


Among the field staff for 2017, LUIS HURTADO makes his managerial debut with the Gulf Coast team, while ANDY FERMIN (Position Coach, New Hampshire) and CHRIS SCHAEFFER (Position Coach, Lansing) enter the coaching ranks after the completion of playing careers in the Blue Jays system. RONNIE ORTEGON joins the organization as Hitting Coach with New Hampshire after four seasons coaching in the Braves minor league system (2013-16) and one as Major League Assistant Hitting Coach for the Cincinnati Reds (2012). MICHEL ABREU assumes the role of Position Coach in Dunedin after a lengthy playing career in Mexico, Cuba, Japan and the United States. JOHN TAMARGO JR. has been enlisted to manage the DSL squad, working with Dominican Field Coordinator Pablo Cruz in the development of key prospects in the Dominican, marking his 5th season as a minor league manager.


A complete list of the Blue Jays 2017 minor league staff is as follows:



Field Coordinator                                                        Eric Wedge

Assistant Field Coordinator                                        Mike Mordecai

Pitching Coordinator                                                   Jeff Ware

Senior Pitching Advisor                                              Rick Langford

Rehab Pitching Coach                                                Darold Knowles

Catching Coordinator                                                  Ken Huckaby

Outfield/Baserunning  Coordinator                             Tim Raines

Infield Coordinator                                                      Danny Solano

Latin American Player Advisor                                   Omar Malave

Senior Advisor to Player Development                       Mel Didier

Equipment Coordinator                                               Billy Wardlow



Athletic Training Coordinator                                      Jose Ministral

Asst. Athletic Training Coordinator                             Jon Woodworth

Rehab Coordinator                                                     Pat Chasse

Head of Strength & Conditioning                                Donovan Santas

Strength & Conditioning Coordinator                          Jeremy Trach

Mental Performance Coach                                        Rafael Dubois

Mental Performance Coach                                        Ben Freakley Jr.

Sports Dietician                                                           Antonio Castillo


BUFFALO                                              NEW HAMPSHIRE

Manager:         Bobby Meacham                                 Manager:         Gary Allenson

Pitching:          Bob Stanley                                         Pitching:          Vince Horsman

Hitting:             Devon White                                       Hitting:             Ronnie Ortegon

Position:          Aaron Mathews                                   Position:          Andy Fermin

Trainer:            Voon Chong                                        Trainer:            Robert Tarpey

S&C:                Jason Dowse                                      S&C:                Brian Pike



DUNEDIN                                              LANSING

Manager:         John Schneider                                   Manager:         Cesar Martin

Pitching:          TBD                                                     Pitching:          Willie Collazo

Hitting:             Corey Hart                                          Hitting:             Donnie Murphy

Position:          Michel Abreu                                       Position:          Chris Schaeffer

Trainer:            Shawn McDermott                              Trainer:            Drew MacDonald

S&C:                Ryan Maedel                                       S&C:                Kyle Edlhuber



VANCOUVER                                             BLUEFIELD   

Manager:         Rich Miller                                           Manager:         Dennis Holmberg

Pitching:          Jim Czajkowski                                   Pitching:          Antonio Caceres

Hitting:             Dave Pano                                          Hitting:             Carlos Villalobos

Trainer:            Daniel Leja                                          Trainer:            Caleb Daniel

S&C:                Pat Rosanio                                        S&C:                Aaron Spano



GULF COAST                                                                                               

Manager:         Luis Hurtado

Pitching:          Juan Rincon

Hitting:             Paul Elliott

Trainer:           Jon Woodworth

S&C:                Armando Adame Jr.




Field Coordinator:                               Pablo Cruz

Manager:                                             John Tamargo Jr.

Pitching Coach:                                   Rafael Lazo

Hitting Coach:                                     Julio Germosen

Coach:                                                 Jose Mateo

Trainer:                                                Hiroki Yoshimoto

Assistant Trainer:                                Ysidro Reyes

S&C:                                                    Imbewer Alvarez

Assistant S&C:                                    Miguel Martinez

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