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New Names Join Yankees Player Development for 2020

Yankees minor league players report for spring training in a couple of weeks and they will have several new coaches working with them to develop their skills.

Eric Schmitt is entering his 15th season in the Yankees organization and is third in the role of 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 and in 2018 he took over as Director, Player Development.

Several coaches left the organization over the offseason such as Justin Pope, Pat Osborn, and Justin Pope all of whom went to the Miami Marlins.  In addition, roving coaches Edwar Gonzalez, Scott Aldred, Jody Reed, and JD Closser also left the organization over the offseason.

Dan Giese and Matt Daley are returning in 2020 as the Yankees’ Directors of Pro Scouting.  Daley spent the 2019 season as the Assistant Director of Pro Scouting.  This will be Daley’s sixth season with the Yankees who joined the in 2015 as a scout.  Giese will be entering his third season as Director of Pro Scouting after serving as the assistant scouting director from 2015-2017.

Jim Hendry returns as the Yankees special assignment scout.  This will be Hendry’s ninth season in the position.  He also spent 10 years as the General Manager of the Chicago Cubs from 2002-2011.

Mario Garza returns to the Yankees in 2020 in a new role.  After spending the last three seasons as the Director of Latin American Operations for the Yankees he will be taking over as the Coordinator, Baseball Development in 2020.  This will be his 10th season in the organization after managing the GCL Yankees and Staten Island Yankees in 2013 and 2014 as well as coaching for the Tampa Yankees from 2011-2012.

Returning to the Yankees as the Coordinator of Instruction and Outfield Coordinator is Pat McMahon.  This will be his 13th season with the Yankees and third as the coordinator of instruction.  Prior to 2018, he was an outfield and base running coordinator in 2017, Director of International Player Development from 2012-2016, Coordinator of International Player Development from 2009-2011, and the manager of the Staten Island Yankees in 2008.

David Adams will be the Yankee’s complex coordinator, in addition to his duties as the manager of the Single-A Tampa Tarpons.  He will not be the only one pulling double duty as GCL Yankees West manager Travis Chapman will be doubling as the Yankees Assistant Infield Coordinator.

Hitting Coordinator Dillon Lawson is returning for his second season in the position.  He will be joined by Rachel Balkovec and Trevor Amicone as roving hitting coaches.

Sam Briend joined the Yankees organization in the middle of the 2019 season as the Director of Pitching after spending three seasons as the director of player development at Driveline Baseball.  He will be joined by John Kremer and Desi Druschel who are both returning as Pitching Coordinator and Manager, Pitch Development respectfully.

Kremer will be entering his 17th season in the organization.  In addition to his duties as a Pitching Coordinator, he will be serving as a Performance Science Consultant.  From 2015-2019 he was the Director of Performance Science.  He was also the Director of Player Personnel from 2013-2014, the assistant director of amateur scouting from 2005-2012 and player development assistant in 2004.

Druschel is entering his second season with the Yankees as the manager, pitch development.  He previously spent four years at the University of Iowa, he spent one season as the pitching coach and three as the director of baseball operations.  He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Vinton-Shellsburg H.S. in 1998 before joining Indiana University in 1999 and Franciscan University from 2001-2004.

Returning for his third season as infield coordinator is Miguel Cairo.  Prior to joining the Yankees, he was a special assistant to Reds General Managers Walt Jacketty and Dick Williams form 2013-2017 as well as an extra coach for the Reds at the MLB level in 2013.

Joining the Yankees in 2020 as the new minor league catching coordinator is Aaron Gershenfeld.  He spent the last three seasons as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for The Citadel in South Carolina.  Before that, he was the hitting coach for East Tennessee State University after a stint as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt University.

Also joining the Yankees this season is Matt Talarico who will be doubling as baserunning coordinator and roving hitting coach.  Talarico spent the last 13 years as a coach at the collegiate level.

Greg Pavlick is entering his 10th season as the Yankees rehab pitching coach, the 2020 season will be his 24th in the Yankees organization after serving as the Tampa pitching coach from 2002-2010 and the Triple-A Columbus pitching coach in 2001. From 1997-2000 he was a roving pitching instructor for the Yankees.

Andrew Wright takes over as the Yankees Director, Dominican Republic Baseball Operations after spending the 2019 season as the manager of staff development.  He will be joined by Luis Sojo who returns in the role of DR/US Transition and infield coach.

Both Tino Martinez and Marc Bombard return in 2020 as player development consultants as well.

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