Cleveland Indians announce player development staff assignments for 2018

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custom Cleveland Indians Jerseys Some familiar faces return while others will move to different roles within the Cleveland Indians’ player development system for the 2018 season.

Cleveland’s four full-season clubs and short-season Mahoning Valley went 325-308 overall in 2017. Class A Lynchburg posted the best record, earning a 87-52 regular season mark and a Carolina League co-championship.

The 2017 season also saw the emergence of right-handed pitching prospect Triston McKenzie along with the continued development of catcher Francisco Mejia and third baseman Nolan Jones.

Chris Tremie returns for his sixth season with Class AAA Columbus while Tony Mansolino takes over as the skipper at Class AA Akron. Mansolino led Lynchburg to a co-championship in the Carolina League and was named Manager of the Year.

Rouglas Odor takes over as manager in Lynchburg, while Luke Carlin moves from Mahoning Valley to Class A Lake County.

Jim Pankovits joins the Indians organization Francisco Lindor Jerseys after seven years with Seattle and 16 with Houston. Pankovits will manage at Mahoning Valley.

Indians ownership recently approved the creation of a second Arizona League team in Cleveland’s player development system. The club will begin play this summer. Larry Day, who managed at Lake County in 2017, will run this team comprised of college-aged players, while Jerry Owens moves from the bench in Columbus to helm the Arizona League high school-aged team.
Tom Wiedenbauer will run the organization’s minor league spring training and guide player development programming. Anthony Medrano replaces Wiedenbauer as the assistant field coordinator. Medrano will helm the staffs in Goodyear and the Dominican Republic while leading player development activities at both locations.

Anna Bolton, who spent the last two seasons as the Major League Spanish Translator and Player Engagement Coordinator, has been promoted to the newly created position of Education and Language Coordinator. Bolton will operate mainly out of the team’s complex in Goodyear, as well as the Dominican Republic.

Joel Magnum joins the Arizona Rookie League college team staff after serving as pitching coach at the University of Louisiana Monroe, along with Kai Correa, who worked as an infield coach at the University of Northern Colorado.