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Scranton, Trenton set their staffs

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 22, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Received these two releases today, one from Scranton and the other from Trenton:

The New York Yankees have announced the 2009 Triple-A field staff and it contains some familiar names as well as some new faces. Dave Miley, who led the Yankees to the 2008 Governors’ Cup returns as manager along with hitting coach Butch Wynegar and trainer Darren London. Scott Aldred is the Yankees new pitching coach replacing Rafael Chaves, who has taken a position with the Los Angeles Dodgers as the organizations minor league pitching coordinator. Aaron Ledesma is Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s new infield coach taking over for Alvaro Espinosa whose contract was not renewed by New York. Lee Tressel will join the staff in 2009 as strength and conditioning coach.

Miley, enters his fourth season guiding the Yankees’ Triple-A club, the first with the Columbus Clippers (2006) and the previous two with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Prior to joining the Yankees, Miley spent 26 seasons in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization, including three seasons (2003-2005) as the big league manager in Cincinnati.

Under Miley’s guidance, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has posted the best record (172-115) in the International League over the past two seasons, including winning the 2008 Governors’ Cup as league champions. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tied Louisville for the IL’s best record in 2008 at 88-56, becoming just the fifth franchise in the International League’s 125 year history to post the league’s top mark in at least three consecutive seasons. In his inaugural season with SWB, Miley led the club to a league best 84-59 record and a berth in the International League Governors’ Cup Playoffs and was named the International League Manager of the Year.

Wynegar will be in his third season with the Yankees. Prior to joining Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he spent four seasons as the Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach and played 13 seasons with the Twins, Yankees and Angels.

Under his guidance, the 2008 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees placed in the top six in the IL in several team offensive categories including runs, hits, homers, RBI’s and BB. In 2007 with Wynegar at the helm, the Yankees led the International League in runs scored.

Aldred begins his fourth year as a professional coach in the Yankees minor league system and his first as pitching coach with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In 2008, Aldred’s Trenton Thunder pitching staff led the Eastern League in ERA (3.13) for the second consecutive year on route to the league title. In his debut season as a coach in 2006, he guided the Single-A Charleston pitching staff to the second-best ERA in the South Atlantic League (3.20).

Originally drafted and signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1987, he made his Major League debut with the Tigers in 1990. Aldred appeared in 229 games over an 11-year Major League career, posting a 20-39 record with a 6.02 ERA with six different teams.

Ledesma will be in his first season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and his second in professional coaching after serving as hitting coach for the single-A Tampa Yankees in 2008. Originally a second round selection by the New York Mets in the 1990 Amateur Draft, he made his Major League debut with the Mets in 1995. Ledesma hit .296 with 38 doubles, 4 triples 2 HR and 76 RBI appearing in 284 big league games over five seasons with the Mets, Baltimore, Tampa Bay and Colorado.

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The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced that Tony Franklin will be back for his third season as Manager. He will have a trio of new coaches join his staff including former Major Leaguers Tommy Phelps (Pitching Coach) and Frank Menechino (Hitting Coach) and former Eastern Leaguer Vic Valencia (Coach). Returning to the Thunder dugout will be Trainer Tim Lentych for his second season with Trenton.

Franklin has guided the Thunder to back-to-back Eastern League Championships, which are the first two titles in franchise history. The Thunder finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern League (86-54) for the second straight season. Trenton defeated the Portland Sea Dogs (Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) in the Northern Division Championship Series (3-0), and the Akron Aeros (Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) in the Eastern League Championship Series (3-1).

Tommy Phelps will embark on his first season as a pitching coach. In 2008, he was the Yankees Minor League Rehabilitation Pitching Coach. Phelps is a former Major League pitcher, and also has spent time in the Yankees Minor League System. He pitched for the Florida Marlins in 2003 and 2004. During 2003, he went 3-2 with a 4.00 ERA in 27 games (seven starts) for Florida and was part of a Marlins team that won the World Series over the Yankees. He pitched in 29 games for Milwaukee in 2005. He went 7-4 with a 4.45 ERA in 2006 with Columbus (Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees). Phelps was originally an 8th round pick by Montreal in the 1992 draft.

Frank Menechino will be Trenton’s new hitting coach. This will be his first coaching position. Menechino played for the Oakland Athletics (1999-2003), and the Toronto Blue Jays (2004-2005). Menechino had his best season with the Athletics in 2001. He hit .242 in a career-high 139 games with 12 home runs and 60 RBI. Menechino spent some time in the Yankees Minor League System with Columbus (Triple-A) in 2006. During 2008, he played professionally in Italy.

Vic Valencia will join the staff as a coach. He played in the Yankees Minor League System from 1995-2000. During 1999 and 2000, he spent time with Norwich (Double-A). In 1999, he hit 22 home runs and contributed with 72 RBI for the Navigators. He also played in the Eastern League with Akron (2003-04) and New Hampshire (2004).

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