Five of the Braves’ six minor league managers return for the 2015 season, although a few are changing teams.
Randy Ingle moves up from rookie-league Danville to manage low Single-A Rome, replacing Jonathan Schuerholz, who moved to the front office as Braves assistant director of player development.
Schuerholz, a former minor league player and the son of Braves president John Schuerholz, will work alongside Dave Trembley, who returned to the Braves organization this fall to serve as director of player development and minor league field coordinator.
Trembley was bench coach in Houston for manager Bo Porter before both were fired late last season. Porter also was hired by the Braves to serve as third-base coach on the major league staff.
Rocket Wheeler will replace Ingle at Danville, after managing the Gulf Coast League rookie-ball team in 2014. Worth noting: It’ll be Ingle’s 24th season as a minor league manager in the Braves organization, and Wheeler’s 13th.
The lone newcomer among Braves minor league managers is Robinson Cancel in the Gulf Coast League. The former catcher and pinch-hitter played 20 years of pro ball through 2013, including parts of four seasons in the majors with the Brewers, Mets and Astros. Cancel, 38, will be a first-time manager.
The Braves bring back managers at the top three minor league levels: Brian Snitker at Triple-A Gwinnett, Aaron Holbert at Double-A Mississippi, and Luis Salazar with the high-A team, which moves from Lynchburg, Va., for its first season as the Carolina Mudcats in Zebulon, N.C.
John Moses is the new Triple-A hitting coach after two seasons in that role at Lynchburg. He replaces Gary Ingram, who will serve as Double-A hitting coach in 2015.
Carlos Mendez was bumped up to high-A hitting coach after spending the past four seasons in that role at Danville.
The minor league pitching coaches are unchanged for 2015, and the Braves will also bring back all of their roving instructors in the same positions.
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