Oakland A’s 2022 player development team includes new High-A, Low-A managers
The Oakland A’s announced their 2022 player development team on Thursday, covering all sorts of areas around the organization, including minor league managers, coaches and general farm coordinators. Click here to see the full list of names from the team press release.
At the top, Ed Sprague returns for his third season as director of player development and his seventh year overall on staff. His predecessor, Kieth Lieppmanis back in an advisory role, for his 52nd season with the organization.
Among other familiar names, Grady Fuson (Special Assistant to the General Manager), Gil Patterson (minor league pitching coordinator), and Jim Eppard (minor league batting coordinator) remain in their same job.
A few notable changes are occurring among minor league managers, as High-A Lansing and Low-A Stockton both get new skippers. Check out the full list below, including how long they’ve been in their current roles.
- Triple-A Las Vegas: Francois Riordan (5th season)
- Double-A Midland: Bobby Crosby (2nd season)
- High-A Lansing: Phil Pohl (1st season)
- Low-A Stockton: Anthony Phillips (1st season)
- AZ Rookie League: Adam Rosales (2nd season)
Pohl has spent the past six seasons as Oakland’s bullpen catcher, working with the MLB team. Prior to that, he played a few years in the Farm A system as a catcher. This is his first management mission.
Phillips coached Single-A Beloit in 2019 and would have worked at Vermont in the short season in 2020 had the Minors not been canceled that year. Most recently, he was the assistant batting coach for High-A Lansing last summer. As a player he left South Africa as a teenager and spent 2007-18 in the minors for a few organizations but never made it to the majors. This is also his first management mission.
Meanwhile, Riordan, Crosby and Rosales are returning to the same roles they held in 2021. Riordan began managing in the Oakland system in 2015, for Single-A Beloit and later Double-A Midland, before moving on at Triple-A (then Nashville) in 2018. Both Crosby and Rosales played for the A’s during their careers.
Among other coaching notes, the former A prospect Jason Hart joined Triple-A Las Vegas as assistant batting coach; former A pitcher Chris Smith changed from Low-A pitching coach to Double-A pitching coach; and former A third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff becomes batting coach for Low-A after doing that job in Double-A last year. Take the old place of Kouz in Double-A is Todd Takayoshiwho joins the organization after spending the past two decades coaching in various roles for other teams.
Former High-A Manager Scott Steinman moves into an organizational role called a hitting performance coach. Former Triple-A pitching coach Rick Rodriguez becomes the assistant coordinator of the rehabilitation of launchers (under Craig Lefferts). Long time trainer and instructor Steve Scarson, currently a minors outfield and base running coach, is also taking on a new role called field coordinator in Arizona, responsible for organizing the club’s various programs in that state. Field coordinator Juan Navarrete is entering his 27th season with the organization, and his third in this position.