Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates Make Changes in Minor League Staff

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates Make Changes in Minor League Staff

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A new Class AAA hitting coach and a new Class AA manager highlight a handful of changes the Pirates announced Friday to their minor league coaching staff.

Mike Pagliarulo, who had a 12-year major league career, replaces Jeff Branson as the hitting coach for the Class AAA Indianapolis Indians. Branson was promoted to assistant hitting coach for the Pirates.

Carlos Garcia, who spent two seasons managing the Class A Bradenton Marauders, has been promoted to manage the Class AA Altoona Curve. P.J. Forbes, who had managed the Curve for two seasons, left the organization in October.

The Pirates promoted Frank Kremblas to manage Bradenton. Kremblas previously served as special assistant to minor league operations and was manager of Indianapolis in 2009-10. Michael Ryan replaces Rick Sofield as manager for Class A West Virginia. Sofield will serve as the Pirates' first base coach next season. Ryan was a player/coach in the minor league system last year.

The Gulf Coast League Pirates will be managed by Milver Reyes, a player/coach last year, and one of the Pirates' Dominican Summer League teams will have a new manager in Keoni De Renne, a player/ coach for the GCL Pirates last year.


The Toronto Blue Jays claimed pitcher Chad Beck off waivers, bringing the right-hander back to Toronto. Beck, 27, was claimed by the Pirates at the end of last season.


Central Valley receiver Robert Foster, an Alabama recruit, caught four passes for 55 yards as Team Highlight defeated Team Nitro, 16- 3, in the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. ... Bob Ladouceur, 58, who directed a national record 151-game winning streak from 1992-2003, is retiring after 34 years as the coach at De La Salle in Concord, Calif. Ladouceur had 20 unbeaten seasons and finished 399-25-3. He will be replaced by assistant Justin Alumbaugh. …

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