The minor league season is about 6 weeks away from starting up again for the first time since 2019. On Friday, the New York Yankees announced their coaches for the four major league affiliates for the upcoming season that begins on May 4:
Announcing 2021 coaching staff assignments for our full-season Minor League affiliates: pic.twitter.com/vzsMa0ELQI
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Let’s start with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Doug Davis is going to be the manager. Davis was supposed to manage in 2020 before the season got canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was a bullpen coach in Scranton in 2019 and the first game of this season will be the 1,000th game he has coached in the minor leagues (515-484 record).
Davis’s staff will consist of Dustin Glant as his pitching coach and Casey Dykes as his hitting coach. Glant was the pitching coach at Ball State from 2017-2019 before joining the Yankees organization and was a seventh round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks back in 2003 out of Purdue University.
Dykes will be in his first season as a coach in the Yankees organization. Before joining the Yankees, he was a volunteer assistant coach for Indiana University. Before that, he was on the coaching staff at VMI as the recruiting coordinator. He has familiarity working with players in the Yankees organization such as Matt Pita and Elijah Dunham. We talked to Dykes earlier this winter and you can read that feature here. He was slated to be the hitting coach at then Low-A Charleston in 2020.
One of the Yankees’ two new affiliates in 2021 is the Double-A Somerset Patriots and that will be led by Julio Mosquera. Mosquera was going to the Double-A manager in Trenton before the shutdown last year. He has been a manager in the Yankees organization since 2015 and was most recently the manager in Charleston in 2019.
Mosquera’s staff will be Daniel Moskos as his pitching coach and Joe Migliaccio as his hitting coach. Moskos was the fourth overall pick in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Before joining the Yankees in 2020, Moskos was a throwing trainer over at Driveline baseball. The left-hander who was supposed to be Charleston’s pitching coach in 2020, appeared in 31 career games for the Pirates as a reliever (1-1, 2.96 ERA), but injuries ended up derailing his career.
Migliaccio, who was going to be at High-A Tampa in 2020 as the hitting coach, will be coaching his first full season with the Yankees. He was Tampa’s hitting coach in 2019 after being the hitting coach at Iowa in 2018.
The other new Yankees’ affiliate is the High-A Hudson Valley Renegades, which will be led by manager Dan Fiorito. Fiorito, who was going to manager Short-Season Staten Island in 2020, was the manager of the Gulf Coast League East squad in 2019. He was an undrafted free agent infielder that played his whole professional career with the Yankees from 2013-2016. He had a slash line of .240/.308/.317 with 7 home runs, 98 RBIs, and 264 career hits.
Fiorito’s pitching coach will be a familiar name in the Yankees’ organization, Gerardo Casadiego. Casadiego was the pitching coach at then Rookie-level Pulaski each of the last four seasons and has been a pitching coach in the Yankees organization since 2014 when he was in the Dominican Summer League.
The hitting coach will be Jacob Hirst. Hirst has been a coach in the Yankees organization since 2018 and was most recently part of the GCL West coaching squad in 2019 as the hitting coach.
To wrap up the four affiliates, David Adams will be the manager of the Low-A Tampa Tarpons. Adams was going to be the Tampa manager in 2020. The third round pick of the Yankees in the 2008 MLB Draft was the manager for Staten Island in 2019 and played 43 gqmes at the big league level in 2013.
Tampa’s pitching coach will be Brett DeGagne. DeGagne joined the Yankees organization in November 2019 after being the pitching coach at North Iowa Area Community College. DeGagne has familiarity with the Yankees’ head of pitching development, Sam Briend, when Briend was his pitching coach in the Northwoods League in 2015. He was going to be on the Dominican Summer League staff for the 2020 season.
The hitting coach will be Kevin Martir. Martir joined the Yankees organization as a coach in December 2019 after being a development coach for the GCL Phillies East squad in 2019. The former 18th Round pick in 2015 by the Houston Astros was going to be the hitting coach at Rookie-Level Pulaski before the shutdown.