The Atlanta Braves have made several changes to their Minor League coaching staffs for 2013, including the additions of veteran Major Leaguers Randy Ready, Dennis Lewallyn, and John Moses.
Randy Ready will be the new manager at AAA Gwinnett. The 53 year old Ready was a utility player for parts of 13 seasons with the Brewers, Padres, Phillies, Athletics, Expos and Phillies, hitting .259 with a .745 OPS in 2,488 career plate appearances. He was the Rangers Minor League hitting coordinator in 2012, and served as the Padres Major League hitting coach from July of 2009 through the end of the 2011 season. Prior to that, he was a Minor League manager for the Padres and Tigers.
Joining Ready at Gwinnett will be hitting coach Jamie Dismuke and pitching coach Marty Reed. Both served in the same roles last season. The 43 year old Dismuke had a 9 year Minor League career spent mostly in the Reds organization, reaching as high as AAA. He began coaching in the Reds organization in 2002, then joined the Braves in 2010. Reed was a left handed pitcher in the Angels organization for 5 seasons, reaching as high as AAA. The 51 year old began his coaching career in 1990 by spending 6 seasons at the University of Tampa, before spending 4 seasons as the head coach at Pfeiffer University. He began is pro baseball coaching career with the Dodgers later in 1999 before joining the Braves organization in 2009 as Mississippi's pitching coach.
Dennis Lewallyn will join the Braves organization as AA Mississippi's pitching coach. The 59 year old was a right handed pitcher who had a 4.48 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in 80.1 Major League innings over parts of 8 seasons with the Dodgers, Rangers, and Indians. He began his coaching career by spending 13 seasons in the Dodgers organization before joining the Diamondbacks when the team was first formed. He was a coach for various D'Backs teams before becoming the organization's pitching coordinator from 2002 to 2005. He was the Cubs AA pitching coach from 2006 to 2010 before becoming that team's pitching coordinator for the last two seasons.
Aaron Holbert returns for his second year as Mississippi's manager. The former 1st round pick of the Cardinals hit .200 with a .565 OPS in just 35 Major League plate appearances over parts of 2 seasons with the Cardinals and Reds. The 40 year old enjoyed a 17 year professional career, spending his last few seasons as the captain of the Louisville Bats, before beginning his Minor League managing career in 2008. He spent 4 years managing in the Indians chain before joining the Braves last season. Garey Ingram will return for his second year as Mississippi's hitting coach. The 42 year old hit .261 with a .685 OPS in 162 plate appearances over parts of 3 Major League seasons with the Dodgers. He began his coaching career in 2002 coaching in the Dodgers organization before moving on to the Giants organization for the 2009 season. He spent two years coaching in independent leagues before joining the Braves last season.
John Moses will join the Braves organization as Lynchburg's hitting coach. The 55 year old hit .254 with a .646 OPS in 1,910 Major League plate appearances over parts of 11 seasons with the Mariners, Twins, and Tigers, playing as an outfielder and first baseman. He was the Major League first base coach for the Mariners from 2000 to 2003 and the Major League bench coach for the Reds in 2005. He coached in the Dodgers organization from 2008 to 2010 and managed Houston's AA team in 2011.
Luis Salazar returns for his third year as Lynchburg's manager. The 56 year old hit .261 with a .673 OPS in 4,375 plate appearances over 13 Major League seasons as a utility player with the Padres, White Sox, Tigers, and Cubs. He spent 5 seasons in the Brewers organization before working as the Brewers Major League hitting coach in 2001. He spent 8 seasons in the Dodgers organization before joining the Braves in 2011. Derek Botelho returns for his third season at Lynchburg's pitching coach. The 56 year old righhty had a 4.90 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP in 68 Major League innings over 2 seasons with the Royals and Cubs. He began his coaching career in 1997, spending 4 seasons in the Reds organization before joining the Braves in 2003.
Randy Ingle returns for his second straight year as Rome's manager. The 54 year old played 9 seasons in the Braves organization as an infielder, reaching as high as AAA. He spent 1987 as a player-coach with AA Greenville, and became a full time coach in 1988, earning his first managing post in 1990. He previously managed rome from 2006 to 2010. Derrick Lewis returns for his third year as Rome's pitching coach. He played 7 seasons in the Minors for the Braves before an injury ended his career in 2003. He began coaching the next year, spending 4 seasons in the GCL and 3 with Danville before joining Rome in 2011. Bobby Moore will be Rome's hitting coach after spending the last 2 seasons with Lynchburg. The 47 year old went 5-14 in a cup of coffee with the Royals in 1991. The outfielder finished his 10 year playing career by playing for the AAA Richmond Braves from 1992 to 1996. He began coaching in the Braves organization the next season and was previously Rome's hitting coach from 2003 to 2010.
Jonathan Schuerholz, son of legendary Braves general manager John Schuerholz, returns for his second year as Danville's manager. He played 6 seasons in the Braves Minor League organization, reaching as high as AAA, before returning to Auburn to earn his master's degree. He joined the organization as a roving coach in 2010 and was the GCL Braves manager in 2011. Rick Albert returns for his second straight year as Danville's hitting coach. The 62 year old spent 6 seasons playing in the Minor Leagues for the Braves before beginning his coaching career in 1978. He's coached and managed at every level in the organization, but has spent most of his career at the lowest levels, spending 15 seasons with the GCL Braves. Gabe Luckert returns for his third year with Danville. He began his coaching career in 2001 and has served as a pitching coach for the DSL and GCL Braves as well as managing the DSL Braves in 2005 and 2006.
Rocket Wheeler returns for his second year as the GCL manager. The 58 year old played 6 seasons as a utility player in the Blue Jays organization before beginning his career as a Minor League coach in 1985. After 17 years in the Blue Jays system, he joined the Braves organization in 2003, managing at Rome until 2005, at Myrtle Beach from 2006 to 2010, and at Mississippi in 2011. After spending the last 2 seasons with Rome, Carlos Mendez will be the GCL hitting coach this season. The 38 year old hit .222 with a .484 OPS in 46 plate appearances for the Orioles in 2003, hit only Major League experience. The catcher-first baseman finished a 16 year playing career by playing for the AAA Richmond Braves from 2005 to 2007. He began his coaching career with Danville in 2008. Willie Martinez will join the organization as the GCL pitching coach, his first year as a professional coach. The 35 year old appeared in 1 Major League game in 2000, allowing 1 earned run in 3 innings for the Indians. He had a 8 year pro career, playing in the Indians, Twins, and Reds organizations.