Minor League Managers and Coaches — Part 2

Pitching Coach Wally Whitehurst

  • second season as pitching coach of the Pirates’ A+ level team (last year it was Lynchburg)
  • 5 seasons as pitching coach in the Padres’ organization
  • 7 seasons pitching in the major leagues with the Mets, the Padres, and the Yankees
West Virginia Power (A)
Manager Gary Green
  • 4th season as manager of the Pirates’ A level team ( it was in Hickory in ’07 and ’08)
  • manager of A+ Lynchburg in 2006
  • 6 seasons as manager in Tigers’ organization, and one season (’96) as hitting coach
  • 10 seasons as a shortstop in the Padres’, Rangers’, Reds’, and Royals’ organizations
  • played shortstop for the Indy Indians (Reds) in 1993
  • born in Pittsburgh
Hitting Coach Edgar Varela
  • second season as hitting coach with the Power
  • five seasons as an infielder in the White Sox, Diamondbacks, and Marlins’ organization
Pitching Coach Jeff Johnson
  • third season as pitching coach of the Pirates’ A level team (Power in ’09 and Hickory in ’08)
  • 7 seasons as a pitcher, six in the Yankees’ organization and one in the Cleveland Indians’ organization
Gulf Coast League Bradenton Pirates (Rookie)
Manager Tom Prince
  • fourth season as manager of the Bradenton Pirates
  • 2 seasons as manager of the Williamsport NYPL team (Pirates)
  • drafted by the Pirates in the 4th round of the 1984 draft
  • 20 seasons as a catcher, including 17 at the major league level, for the Pirates, Dodgers, Phillies, Twins, and Royals
Hitting Coach Rudy Pena
  • second season as hitting coach for the Bradenton Pirates
  • one season as hitting coach for the Pirates at A level Hickory
Pitching Coach Miguel Bonilla
  • fifth season as pitching coach for the Bradenton Pirates
  • 2 seasons as pitching coach for the Pirates’ Williamsport (NYPL) team
  • 4 seasons as a pitcher in the Pirates’ minor league organization
Coach Mike Lum
  • first season as coach for the Bradenton Pirates
  • 2 seasons as hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals
  • one season as first base coach for the Chicago White Sox
  • 15 seasons as a major league outfielder and first baseman, with the Braves, Reds, and Cubs
Coach Woody Huyke
  • manager and coach for the Bradenton Pirates for just about forever
  • 41 seasons in the Pirates’ organization
  • 51 seasons in baseball
  • the clubhouse at Pirate City in Bradenton is named in his honor
  • named the 2010 “Pride of the Pirates” and honored on Opening Day in Pittsburgh this week

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