The Braves have added three new coaches to their minor league organization and named Aaron Holbert their new manager in Double-A Mississippi, the team announced Tuesday.
Don Long, the former Pirates hitting coach, will take over as the Braves’ minor league hitting coordinator. He spent 2008-2010 as the Pirates major league hitting coach and the eight seasons prior to that as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Phillies.
Luis Lopez, who served as a minor league hitting coach for the Red Sox for the last four seasons, will take over as the Braves’ minor league fielding coordinator. Long and Lopez join Doug Dascenzo who was named the Braves outfield and baserunning coordinator after 13 seasons in the Padres’ system.
Holbert joins the Mississippi Braves after managing in the Indians’ system for the past four seasons. Holbert was named Carolina League manager of the year last season after taking Kinston to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. He is a former first round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, taken 18th overall as a shortstop in 1990.
Filling out the rest of the managerial spots in the Braves’ system: Dave Brundage (Triple-A Gwinnett) and Luis Salazar (high Single-A Lynchburg) will remain in their current positions, while Randy Ingle returns to manage low Single-A Rome after spending last season managing the Braves’ rookie league team in Danville, Va.
Jonathan Schuerholz, son of Braves president John Schuerholz, debuted as a manager for the Gulf Coast League Braves last year. He will move up to manage the rookie league Danville (Va.) Braves. Rocket Wheeler, who managed in Double-A Mississippi last year, will manage the Braves’ Gulf Coast team.