The Twins’ minor-league managerial staff will remain unchanged for 2016, the team announced Tuesday, though most will welcome new members of their coaching staff.
Mike Quade will return for a second season at Class AAA Rochester, while Doug Mientkiewicz, who led Class AA Chattanooga to the Southern League championship in 2015, will be back for a second season there as well, the Twins announced. The Class A managers will be Jeff Smith at Fort Myers for a second season, and Jake Mauer at Cedar Rapids for a fourth, while Ray Smith will manage the rookie-level Elizabethton Twins for a 23rd consecutive season. Ramon Borrega returns as manager of the Twins’ Gulf Coast League entry, while Jimmy Alvarez manages the Twins’ Dominican Summer League team.
Hitting coach Chad Allen and pitching coach Stu Cliburn have been promoted from Chattanooga to Rochester for next season, replacing Tim Doherty and Marty Mason, who are no longer in the Twins’ organization. It’s Cliburn’s second stint as the Red Wings’ pitching coach, a position he held from 2006-08.
Tommy Watkins has been promoted from Cedar Rapids and Ivan Arteaga from Fort Myers to form Mientkiewicz’s staff at Chattanooga, while Cedar Rapids pitching coach Henry Bonilla moves up to replace Arteaga in Fort Myers. Jim Dwyer remains hitting coach there.
Mauer’s new staff in Cedar Rapids spent last season in the GCL: Hitting coach Brian Dinkelman, a former Twins infielder, and pitching coach J.P. Martinez. Pitching coach Luis Ramirez and hitting coach Jeff Reed return will return to Elizabethton. GCL pitching coaches will be Virgil Vasquez and Ciney Bello, a former coach in the Mariners’ system, while the hitting coaches will be Javier Valentin and Steve Singleton.
Like many teams, the Twins tend to hire their own former players. Among their minor-league managers, Mientkiewicz was drafted by the Twins and played seven seasons in the majors for them, while Mauer, Alvarez and Jeff and Ray Smith all played in Minnesota’s minor-league system. Allen, Watkins, Dinkelman and Valentin also reached the major leagues with the Twins, while Bonilla, Martinez, Vasquez and Singleton played for their minor-league teams.