With former Yankees Vice President of Player Development Gary Denbo moving over to the Miami Marlins this past off-season, many expected that he would bring many coaches and personnel with him.
Though several people have joined Denbo in Miami many staying, giving new Senior Director of Player Development Kevin Reese a seasoned staff that is well versed in the prospects the Yankees have. Among those who stayed are Eric Schmitt who was promoted from Director of Minor League Operations to Director of Player Development.
Schmitt initially joined the Yankees as a player by way of the draft in 2000 and spent six seasons in the organization and then played for the Braves in 2006. In 2008 he rejoined the Yankees as Assistant Director, Player Development before moving on to Assistant Director, Baseball Operations from 2010-2012 and then Assistant Director, Amateur Scouting from 2013-2014. In 2015 he became Director of Minor League Operations. It was Schmitt’s idea to call the annual mini-camp for the Yankees’ top prospects “Captains Camp.”
Hadi Raad takes over for Schmitt as Director of Minor League Operations. The last two seasons he served as a professional scout for the Yankees and prior to that he was the Assistant Director of Minor League Operations from 2014-2016.
John Kremer remains the Yankees Director of Performance Science. Kremer has been in that position since 2015. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Player Personnel from 2013 and 2014 as well as Assistant Director, Amateur Scouting from 2005-2012.
As Director of Performance Science, Kremer has been responsible for coordinating the departments that impact how the players perform on the field which includes nutrition, medical, coaching and more. Before joining the front office, Kremer played in the organization from 1999-2003, reaching as high as Double-A Trenton in 2003.
Pat McMahon returns with a new title, as the Coordinator of Instruction. McMahon has been with the Yankees since the 2008 season when he managed the Staten Island Yankees of the NY-Penn League. From 2009-2016 he served as the Director of International Player Development and this past season as the Assistant Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator.
Mario Garza and Victor Roldan return this season as the Director of Dominican Republic operations and the Manager of International Operations respectfully. Jody Reed remains the Yankees minor league field coordinator. The hitting coordinators are Greg Colbrunn and Edwar Gonzalez while Danny Borrell and Scott Aldred remain the Yankees pitching coordinators. In addition, Tony Franklin and Greg Pavlick return as rehab coaches with Franklin working with position players and Pavlick with the pitchers.