Toby Gardenhire, son of Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, will manage the Twins' Class AAA team in Rochester this season. He succeeds Joel Skinner.
Toby Gardenhire, 37, managed the Twins' Class A teams at Fort Myers (last season) and Cedar Rapids (2018). Both teams made the playoffs.
He is pictured wearing No. 81 during a brief coaching appearance with the Twins against his father Ron.
His staff at Rochester will include pitching coach Cibney Bello, hitting coach Matt Borgschulte, bullpen coach Mike McCarthy and coach Robbie Robinson.
Gardenhire had a seven-year playing career for the Twins organization and was head coach at Wisconsin-Stout from 2012-16 while his father was managing the Twins.
He is the 16th former Red Wing player to manage the team and the 45th manager in Rochester history.
Other minor-league managers announced by Twins affiliates on Friday include a couple of holdovers: Ramon Borrego returns to lead the Class AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos, and Brian Dinkelman, who appeared in 23 games for Minnesota in 2011, is back for a second season with the Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels.
In addition, Aaron Sutton, head coach at Montana State-Billings the past four seasons, joins the organization as manager of the Class A Fort Myers Mighty Mussels, and Ray Smith heads the rookie-level Elizabethton Twins for a 27th season.
Takashi Miyoshi, coach at E-town last year, takes over the rookie-level GCL Twins, and Seth Feldman manages the team’s entry in the Dominican Summer League for a second season.
Each coaching staff this season will include at least one Spanish-speaking coach, formalizing a policy that the Twins have been working to institute over the past several seasons.
Alex Hassan, who takes charge of the Twins’ minor-league system this season as the new director of player development, has expanded the staff of on-field minor-league coordinators to seven. He also hired an assistant with a familiar name: Drew MacPhail, who has worked in the Dodgers’ front office for the past four seasons. MacPhail is the son of Andy MacPhail, the Twins’ general manager from 1986-94 who was elected to the team’s Hall of Fame in 2017, and the grandson and great-grandson of Lee and Larry MacPhail, both of whom are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.