Skip to content

Nationals fill out 2014 minor league staff

Dec 20, 2013, 4:31 PM EST


The Washington Nationals announced on Friday their new minor league coaching staff for 2014, including a large group of promotions from within.

Three complete coaching staffs got bumped up a level in the minors. Brian Daubach, Chris Michalak and Mark Harris will move together from Single-A Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg. Tripp Keister, Franklin Bravo and Brian Rupp will move from Single-A Hagerstown to High-A Potomac. Patrick Anderson, Sam Narron and Luis Ordaz will now coach in Hagerstown.

Two new managers were brought into the system. Billy Gardner, Jr. will become manager of the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. He replaces Tony Beasley who will become a co-field coordinator with Jeff Garber. Bob Henley served in the role last season, but is now the Nationals’ third base coach.

Michael Barrett was also hired to manage the Gulf Coast Nationals. He replaces Anderson who led the GCL Nats to the championship in 2013. Barrett played six years with the Montreal Expos.

There were also a good deal of movement for position coaches within the system. Paul Menhart will become the pitching coach in Syracuse after holding the job with Harrisburg last year. Amuary Garcia will be the hitting coach for the Auburn Doubledays after coaching in the GCL. And Jorge Mejia will move from the Dominican Summer League to the GCL.

Joe Dillon was brought in to be the hitting coach for Syracuse and former Nats pitcher Tim Redding will serve as the pitching coach at Auburn.

Troy Gingrich will take over as minor league hitting coordinator, a position left vacant after Rick Schu joined the big league club in the middle of last season. Jon Kotredes will become the medical and rehab coordinator after spending 2013 as Harrisburg’s trainer.

Here is the full coaching tree in the Nationals’ minor league system:

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs

[International League]

Manager – Billy Gardner, Jr.

Pitching – Paul Menhart

Hitting – Joe Dillon

Double-A Harrisburg Senators

[Eastern League]

Manager – Brian Daubach

Pitching – Chris Michalak

Hitting – Mark Harris

Single-A Potomac Nationals

[Carolina League]

Manager – Tripp Keister

Pitching – Franklin Bravo

Hitting – Brian Rupp

Single-A Hagerstown Suns

[South Atlantic League]

Manager – Patrick Anderson

Pitching – Sam Narron

Hitting – Luis Ordaz

Short-Season Single-A Auburn Doubledays

[New York-Penn League]

Manager – Gary Cathcart

Pitching – Tim Redding

Hitting – Amaury Garcia

Rookie-Level GCL Nationals

[Gulf Coast League]

Manager – Michael Barrett

Pitching – Michael Tejera

Hitting – Jorge Mejia

Rookie-Level DSL Nationals

[Dominican Summer League]

Manager – Sandy Martinez

Pitching – Pablo Frias

Hitting – Jose Herrera


Co-Field Coordinator – Tony Beasley

Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator – Gary Thurman

Co-Field Coordinator – Jeff Garber

Coordinator of Instruction – Gary Cathcart

Pitching Coordinator – Spin Williams

Medical and Rehabilitation Coordinator – Jon Kotredes

Hitting Coordinator – Troy Gingrich

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Landon Brandes

Rehabilitation Pitching Coordinator – Mark Grater

Minor League Equipment Manager – Calvin Minasian

  1. David Proctor - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Some interesting quotes from JZimm in the Post, about contract negotiations.

    “It’s been the desire the whole time,” Zimmermann said this week in a phone conversation. “I’m willing to listen. If they’re going to come talk to us with only a couple weeks left of spring training, it’s not going to get done. If we’re going to do something, we’re going to have to start talking a lot earlier than we did last winter.”

    “I got offered a couple contract extensions, but they weren’t the best deal we were looking for,” Zimmermann said. “That’s the way it kind of played out so far. A lot of people get the impression I’m trying to break the bank and get a boatload of money. I want a fair deal. I don’t want something team-friendly. I want to get paid my value.”

    Zimmermann has a figure in mind, but for negotiating purposes he did not want to reveal it. “I don’t think there’s a way to explain it without spilling the beans,” he said. “We kind of have a number we want and we want to get to.”

    • nats128 - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      $16 million sounds about right.

  2. jd - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM


    I am a big JZimm fan and I don’t know what type of contract he’s looking for but I do know this. He’s not in the top tier of pitchers in the majors, he’s very comfortably in the 2nd tier and I think he merits a contract similar to Matt Cain. If he’s looking for such a contract then more power to him but if he wants to get paid like king Felix or Verlander, he’s not in their league.

  3. scnatsfan - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I’m glad we didn’t sign Redding to pitch for us this season. Those days aren’t very far away in the rear view mirror.

  4. Section 222 - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Here’s a link I really shouldn’t share, but I have to:

    According to this list, Harper is the 4th biggest “jerk” in MLB, after A-Rod, Ryan Braun, and Ozzie Guillen. And ahead of Papelbon, McCann, Zambrano, Balfour, and several other players who seemed to deserve their spots. Outrageous!

    • David Proctor - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      How dare Harper be upset over being repeatedly plunked?

  5. sjberke - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    OT, but you’ll want to know….Kurt Suzuki has signed with the Twins. One year, $ 2.75 MM with incentives. The Twins have moved Joe Mauer to 1B and just traded thir other experienced catcher Ryan Doumit, so the only other catcher of note is a rookie, Jamil Pinto. So Zuke has a good chance at a fair number of starts.

  6. trochlis318 - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    What the O’s did to Balfour is disgraceful if what he said is true. To me it seems like they had a deal and the O’s got cold feet and came up with an excuse to get out of the contract. Anyway he might be a good addition to the nats maybe 2/10 if rizzo was willing to shore up the back end of the rotation oh and get rid Soriano

    • nats128 - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      +1 they have stooped to a new level. 2 other prominent sports orthopedic docs looked at his film and said its normal for a pitcher.

      Jon Heyman says he doesnt believe the Os got cold feet. Well Jon, how do you explain it?

      • nats128 - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        They can keep naming names I guess. Do they make the deal. Im sure the Phoolies are looking for a decent player in return.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        It could be they got cold feet after they had already agreed internally on the money–it happens. And doctors don’t always agree with one another–the O’s medical staff could be honestly mistaken; that happens too.

        But the A’s didn’t even tender him a qualifying offer, IIRC, or make much of an effort to re-sign him. They did go get a younger guy, and that’s what the A’s do, but still, you might wonder what they knew.

  7. sjm308 - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Just to confirm I am really really old. I saw Billy Gardner’s dad play for the old Senators back around 1960 or so. Think he was an Oriole for a lot longer.

  8. trochlis318 - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    btw looking on the 40 man roster it really struck me how young Harper really is. Not only is he the youngest on our 40 man roster but there is only 1 player that is within a year of his age and that is Micheal Taylor an outfielder still in the minors. And after that its only 3 players are between 1-2 years older than bryce and two of them are in the minors the other being rendon. Amazing how young he is and probably the best player on the nats as well.





As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at Click here for past audio clips.

Follow us on Twitter