December 1, 2016

CARDINALS ANNOUNCE MINOR LEAGUE STAFFS FOR 2017;

ST. LOUIS, Mo., November 30, 2016 – The St. Louis Cardinals today announced their Minor League coaching staffs and Player Development personnel for the upcoming 2017 season.
Former Cardinal and Memphis Redbirds fan-favorite Richard “Stubby” Clapp was named the new manager at Memphis (AAA), following the promotion earlier this month of Mike Shildt to the Cardinals Major League coaching staff.  Clapp, whose uniform no. 10 was retired by Memphis in 2007, managed the Tri-City Valley Cats (A) in 2011 and 2012, advancing to the New York-Penn League Championship Series in 2012.   Clapp served as Hitting Coach for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto-A) in 2015-16 and has both coached and played for several Team Canada entries in  international play, including the Gold Medal-winning team in the 2011 Pan American Games.
Johnny Rodriguez, a member of the Cardinals minor league coaching staff since 2011, most recently as the manager at State College (A) in 2016, will take over as manager of the Springfield Cardinals (AA).  Chris Swauger, who managed the Cardinals rookie-league Johnson City team the past two seasons, has been promoted to the managerial post for full-season Peoria (A).
The remainder of the Cardinals Minor League managerial positions will be filled by Dan Bilardello at Palm Beach (A), Joe Kruzel at State College (A), Roberto Espinoza at Johnson City, Steve Turco at Gulf Coast League Cardinals and Frey Peniche, who returns for a seventh season as the manager of the Cardinals Dominican Summer League team.
A complete listing of the Cardinals Minor League and Player Development Staffs for 2017 follows:


Manager
Pitching Coach
Hitting Coach
Trainer
Strength Coach
Memphis
Stubby Clapp
Bryan Eversgerd
Mark Budaska
Scott Ensell
Lance Thomason
Springfield
Johnny Rodriguez
Jason Simontacchi
Jobel Jimenez
Matt Corvo
TBD
Palm Beach
Dann Bilardello
Randy Niemann
Erick Almonte
Brent Neuharth
Aaron Rhodes
Peoria
Chris Swauger
Dernier Orozco
Donnie Ecker
Dan Martin
Frank Spinelli
State College
Joe Kruzel
Darwin Marrero
Roger LaFrancois
Chris Whitman
Jordan Brown
Johnson City
Roberto Espinoza
Cale Johnson
Brandon Allen
Koji Kanemura
David Diaz
Gulf Coast
Steve Turco
Giovanni Carrara
Cody Gabella
TBD
Dan Vega
DSL
Frey Peniche
Billy Villanueva
John Matos
TBD
Carlos Nin

2017 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTORS

Mark DeJohn               Field Coordinator
Tim Leveque               Senior Pitching Coordinator
George Greer               Minor League Offensive Strategist
Ron Warner                 Minor League Infield Instructor
Paul Davis                   Assistant Pitching Coordinator
Luis Aguayo                Coordinator of Instruction Latin America
Gaylen Pitts                 Special Assistant to Player Development
Willie McGee               Special Assistant to the General Manager
David Meyer                Rehab Coordinator
Keith Joynt                  Medical Coordinator for Player Development
Jim Malone                  Athletic Development Coordinator
Jason Shutt                  Performance Physical Therapist
Frank D’Aversa           Assistant Minor League Rehab