The Braves will have new or reassigned managers at five of six minor-league affiliates, including Jonathan Schuerholz in the Gulf Coast rookie league and former major leaguer Luis Salazar at High-Class A Lynchburg (Va.).
Schuerholz, the son of Braves president and former general manager John Schuerholz, is former Braves minor leaguer who spent the past two seasons as a roving instructor in the organization.
Salazar played several positions in a 14-year major league career through 1992. He has coached and managed since then, primarily in the minors and most recently as a Double-A hitting coach in the Dodgers organization.
Rocket Wheeler was moved up to manage Double-A Mississippi after five seasons as manager of the High-A team, formerly located in Myrtle Beach. Former Mississippi manager Phillip Wellman was fired after the season.
Paul Runge and Randy Ingle swapped manager’s jobs, with Runge moving up to Class A Rome after six seasons at rookie-league Danville. Ingle takes over at Danville after five seasons with Rome.
The only Braves minor league manager who kept his same job was Triple-A Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage, back for a fifth season. Jamie Dismuke returns as Gwinnett hitting coach, while Marty Reed will serve as Triple-A pitching coach after two seasons at Mississippi.
Former Braves pitcher Vladimir Nunez is moving into the coaching ranks, hired as pitching coach on Schuerholz’s Gulf Coast staff.
The other affiliate hitting coaches include Garey Ingraham (Mississippi), Bobby Moore (Lynchburg), Carlos Mendez (Rome), D.J. Boston (Danville) and Rick Albert (Gulf Coast).
Other pitching coaches are Mike Alvarez (Mississippi), Derek Botelho (Lynchburg), Derrick Lewis (Rome) and Gabe Luckert (Danville).
Dave Wallace returns as minor league pitching coordinator and Leon Roberts as hitting coordinator, with roving instructors that include Tommy Shields (infield), Lynn Jones (outfield and baserunning), Joe Breeden (catching), Luckie Dacosta (strength and conditioning) and Matt Saitz (assistant strength and conditioning).