The Nationals’ minor league managerial and coaching assignments for the 2014 season have been finalized and according to MASN Sports’ Byron Kerr the Harrisburg Senators will be the home of a mostly new staff for the upcoming campaign.
Manager Brian Daubach, pitching coach Chris Michalak, and hitting coach Mark Harris will form the nucleus of the Senators’ brain trust for the upcoming season. The trio worked together last year to lead the High-A Potomac Nationals to an appearance in the Mills Cup finals.
Daubach has shown great success managing the last three seasons in Potomac and Hagerstown as he compiled a record of 241-174 and qualified for the playoffs in 2012 and 2013. Probably best known as a member of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox, Daubach was a lifetime .259 hitter with 93 home runs and 333 runs batted in during his eight-year major league career.
Michalak enters his fifth season with the Nationals’ organization and was integral this past season in the success of the pitchers promoted mid-season to Harrisburg including Taylor Jordan, Richie Mirowski, A.J. Cole, Robbie Ray, and Taylor Hill. The southpaw was drafted in the 12th round by the Oakland A’s in the 1993 draft and garnered ten wins pitching for four Major League teams.
Harris brings a vast wealth of experience to City Island as he was the hitting coach in Potomac in 2011, Hagerstown in 2012, and back in Potomac in 2013. Prior to that, the former first round draft pick (Yankees – 1978) coached four seasons in the Kansas City Royals as a roving hitting instructor and minor league Infield Coordinator. Under Harris, the P-Nats put up a slash line of .262/.343/.389 with 85 home runs and a league-leading 42 triples.
From the Windup
• Pitching coach Paul Menhart was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse, while trainer Jon Kotredes was elevated to the position of the Nationals’ medical and rehab coordinator.
• Returning to Harrisburg will be coach Melvin Dorta and strength and conditioning coach Tony Rogowski.
• Michael Barrett (’98) will re-join the Nationals’ organization as the former backstop is set to take over as manager of the GCL Nats.