The St. Louis Cardinals will keep the majority of their minor league coaching staff intact for 2014, as the team announced only three managerial changes to their eight affiliates on Thursday.
The three changes are Dann Bilardello will move from the Midwest League affiliate Peoria to the Florida State League affiliate in Palm Beach while Joe Kruzel, in his second managerial season, moves from Johnson City to Peoria, and Johnny Rodriguez switches from Palm Beach to Johnson City.
Ron “Pop” Warner (Memphis-AAA), Mike Shildt (Springfield-AA), Oliver Marmol (State College-A), Steve Turco (GCL-Rookie), and Fray Peniche (DSL) will return to their managerial posts carried over from 2013.
In addition, the pitching and hitting coaches at the affiliates will also remain the same. Tim Leveque has been promoted to Pitching Coordinator, replacing Brent Strom, who is now the pitching coach for the Houston Astros. Paul Davis will take on the role of Minor League Pitching Coach and Coordinator of Pitching Analytics in addition to his role as Johnson City pitching coach.
Mike Roberts, formerly the Midwest Cross-checker, has been named a Special Assistant to Amateur Scouting. Roberts is the longest tenured member of the Cardinals scouting department with over 30 years of experience in various amateur scouting capacities.
“Mike has been a mentor to many of us in the scouting department and is a very valuable resource for me during the draft,” said Cardinals scouting director Dan Kantrovitz in the press release. “In his new role, Mike can broaden his reach both in terms of evaluating more players as well as spending time with more members of our staff.”
Matt Swanson, who previously served as the Area Scout based out of Northern California, will fill Roberts’ old position and has been named Midwest Cross-checker for the 2014 season.
The Cardinals also announced the hiring of Patrick Casanta as a Baseball Development Analyst.
2014 Minor League Staffs (Manager, Pitching Coach, Hitting Coach, Trainer)
Memphis (AAA) Ron “Pop” Warner*, Bryan Eversgerd*, Mark Budaska*, Jeremy Clipperton*
Springfield (AA) Mike Shildt*, Randy Niemann*, Phillip Wellman*, Scott Ensell*
Palm Beach (A) Dann Bilardello^, Arthur “Ace” Adams*, Roger LaFrancois*, Keith Joynt*
Peoria (A) Joe Kruzel*, Jason Simontacchi*, Erik Pappas*, Mike Petrarca*
State College (A) Oliver Marmol*, Dernier Orozco*, Ramon Ortiz*, Dan Martin*
Johnson City (R) Johnny Rodriguez^, Paul Davis*, Roberto Espinoza*, TBA
GCL Cardinals (R) Steve Turco*, Darwin Marrero*, Jobel Jimenez*, Tony Reyes^
DSL Cardinals Fray Peniche*, Bill Villanueva*, John Matos*/Kleininger Teran*, Amaury Rivera*
Field Coordinator – Mark DeJohn*
Pitching Coordinator – Tim Leveque^
Hitting Coordinator – Derrick May*
Special Assistant to Player Development – Gaylen Pitts*
International Field Coordinator/Infield Instructor – Luis Aguayo*
Minor League Pitching Coach/Coordinator of Pitching Analytics – Paul Davis^
Medical/Rehab Coordinator – Geoff Gabler*
Senior Medical Advisor – Barry Weinberg*
Minor League Strength & Conditioning Coaches – Sean Johnson (Memphis), Josh Cue (Springfield), Carlos Nin (Dominican Summer League)
^-Returning coach/trainer with new assignment