As assigned by the New York Yankees, the Trenton Thunder announced their coaching staff for the 2019 campaign. Manager Pat Osborn becomes the 12th manager in franchise history after guiding High-A Tampa to a 70-67 mark in 2018. Pitching coach Tim Norton, hitting coach Ty Hawkins, defensive coach Raul Dominguez all return to the Thunder staff. Former big-leaguer Jason Phillips joins the Yankees organization as the bullpen coach to replace Luis Dorante. Athletic Trainer Jimmy Downam and strength & conditioning coach Anthony Velasquez each return for their third season.
The 37-year old Osborn will mark the third different manager for the Thunder over the last three seasons. A second-round draft selection of the Cleveland Indians in 2002 out of the University of Florida, Osborn is entering his sixth season with the organization after managing the Tampa Tarpons in his second stint with the team last season. Osborn was named the 2016 Florida State League Manager of the Year during his first tour with the team. Prior to that, the skipper managed Low-A Charleston in 2017 and has also guided both Staten Island and both Gulf Coast League affiliates.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Patrick Osborn to the Thunder for the 2019 season,” said Thunder GM/COO Jeff Hurley through a team issued release. “There has been a long history of excellence on the field for the Thunder and I am thrilled to see Patrick continue that tradition.”
Pitching coach Tim Norton returns to Trenton for his second season and ninth in the organization after guiding a pitching staff that led the Eastern League in ERA (3.25), fewest hits allowed (1,030), fewest home runs allowed (86), strikeouts (1,221), and lowest WHIP (1.213) in 2018. Hitting Coach Ty Hawkins continues his second stint with the team, returning for his second consecutive season and third overall. The 51-year old Hawkins enters his 21st season as a coach in the system, which includes stops in the GCL (1999-2001, 2017), Single-A Greensboro (2002), Single-A Battle Creek (2003), Single-A Tampa (2004), and ten seasons at short-season Single-A Staten Island (2006-2015) – Hawkins spent the 2016 season as a roving hitting instructor for the organization.
Defensive coach Raul Dominguez returns for a second season on the Thunder staff. The former minor league outfielder has previously served as defensive Coach for the Tampa in 2017 after spending the previous eight seasons as a manager for the Yankees Gulf Coast and Dominican Summer League affiliates. Jason Phillips joins the Yankees organization as the Thunder bullpen coach after enjoying a seven-year major league career with the Mets, Dodgers, and Blue Jays organizations. Following his playing career, Phillips served as a bullpen catcher for Seattle for seven seasons and an additional three in the same role for Toronto.
Athletic trainer Jimmy Downam returns for a third season with the Thunder and seventh overall in the organization. Strength and conditioning coach Anthony Velazquez also returns for his third season in Trenton and his sixth overall with the organization. Rounding out the staff for 2019 is new clubhouse manager Harris Seletsky and video manager Mike Triller.