The Dodgers will not renew the contracts of their top two minor league managers, Triple-A Oklahoma City manager Damon Berryhill and Double-A Tulsa manager Razor Shines.
Seven other minor league coaches or instructors will not be brought back in 2016: Oklahoma City hitting coach Franklin Stubbs, Great Lakes pitching coach Glenn Dishman, Arizona Rookie League manager Jack McDowell, instructor Rick Rhoden, Great Lakes coach Angel Sanchez, Ogden hitting coach Darryl Brinkley and instructor Erik Bedard.
The news was especially surprising for Berryhill, who was chosen the Pacific Coast League manager of the year, and Shines, who was chosen by Texas League managers as the league’s best managerial prospect in a Baseball America survey.
No other decisions have been made about the Dodgers’ other minor league coaches, who typically work on one-year contracts, according to director of player development Gabe Kapler. An earlier report on the Dodgers’ website stated that the contract of Single-A Great Lakes hitting coach Jay Gibbons will not be renewed, but that decision has not been made.
With the Dodgers getting a rare September off-day today, I decided to look in on the club’s minor-league affiliates who are participating in the playoffs.
It was a quick look.
Three Dodgers affiliates found their way into their respective postseasons: The Arizona League Dodgers (who were eliminated Saturday), the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts and the Rookie-level Ogden Raptors.
Chattanooga and Ogden are both in action tonight, against Huntsville and Idaho Falls, respectively. The Chattanooga game isn’t available via MiLB.TV, but the Ogden game is. Eighteen-year-old left-hander Victor Gonzalez is starting for Ogden in a game that begins at 6:15 p.m. PST.
The short-season Rookie league Ogden Raptors begin play today. Several members of the Dodgers’ 2014 draft class will be on the roster: pitchers John Richy (third round), Brock Stewart (sixth round), Ryan Taylor (13th) and Joe Broussard (15th); outfielders Colin Hering (10th round), Devin Ahart (16th) and Brian Wolfe (20th); and infielders Ivan Vela (21st) and Jimmy Allen (24th).
The club is managed by former Cy Young Award winner Jack McDowell.
The Dodgers have two other short-season Rookie league affiliates: The Arizona League Dodgers, which begin play Friday and the Dominican Summer League Dodgers, which began play May 31.
The Dodgers formally announced their 2013 minor-league coaching staff Monday. It’s a long list with mostly familiar names:
The Ogden Raptors, the Dodgers’ affiliate in the advanced-rookie level Pioneer League, saw their season come to an end Friday in a 10-0 loss to the Missoula Osprey. The Osprey win the best-of-three series, 2 games to 1.
Jesus Valdez and Delvis Morales went 2-for-4 for the Raptors, but starter Ross Stripling –the Dodgers’ fifth-round 2012 draft pick — was tagged for eight hits and seven runs (six earned) in 3 2/3 innings.
The Raptors were the last of the Dodger farm teams still alive in the postseason.