Former Cardinals All-Stars Ryan Ludwick and Jason Isringhausen have joined the Cardinals’ minor league field staff, the organization announced Thursday in its annual reveal of the minor league staff and player development assignments for the upcoming season.
Ludwick will serve as minor league hitting instructor. Isringhausen is the minor league pitching instructor along with Randy Niemann, who has moved into a minor league pitching instructor role. Steve Turco is now a minor league roving instructor.
The Cardinals retained the managers for their seven minor league affiliates, but named six new pitching coaches and seven new hitting coaches.
Melody Yount has joined the baseball operations staff as manager of player communications. Jennifer Long was named baseball developer. Javier Duran was named baseball operations fellow.
The Cardinals’ minor league staff and player development assignments:
MEMPHIS: Stubby Clapp (manager), Dernier Orozco (pitching coach), Mark Budaska (hitting coach)
SPRINGFIELD: Johnny Rodriguez (manager), Darwin Marrero (pitching coach), Jobel Jimenez (hitting coach)
PALM BEACH: Dann Bilardello (manager), Will Ohman (pitching coach), Brandon Allen (hitting coach)
PEORIA: Chris Swauger (manager), Cale Johnson (pitching coach), Russ Chambliss (hitting coach)
STATE COLLEGE: Joe Kruzel (manager), Adrian Martin (pitching coach), Roger LaFrancois (hitting coach)
JOHNSON CITY: Roberto Espinoza (manager), Rick Harig (pitching coach), Cody Gabella (hitting coach)
GCL CARDINALS: Erick Almonte (manager), Giovanni Carrara (pitching coach), Joshua Lopez (hitting coach)
DSL CARDINALS: Fray Peniche (manager), Billy Villanueva (pitching coach), Jose Leon (hitting coach)
DSL CARDINALS: John Matos (manager), Naba Martinez (hitting coach)
Minor League Field Instructors
Field Coordinator: Mark DeJohn
Assistant Field Coordinator: Ron “Pop” Warner
Dominican Republic Field Coordinator: Jose Leger
Senior Pitching Coordinator: Tim Leveque
Minor League Offensive Strategist: George Greer
Manager/Pitching Analytics: Paul Davis
Minor League Pitching Instructor: Randy Niemann
Minor League Roving Instructor: Steve Turco
Minor League Infield Coordinator: Luis Aguayo
Minor League Catching Instructor: Travis Tartamella
Minor League Hitting Instructor: Ryan Ludwick
Minor League Pitching Instructor: Jason Isringhausen
CARAVAN STOPS ANNOUNCED
Center fielder Tommy Pham, shortstop Paul DeJong and pitcher Alex Reyes will headline this year’s Cardinals Caravan, which will include six trips that span six states and 20 cities in a four-day period.
The annual traveling event is back to a full schedule after four of the six stops in 2017 were cancelled due to icy weather. Stops are scheduled for Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and Indiana.
More than 30 current and former players, including prized prospects Jack Flaherty, Carson Kelly and Harrison Bader, will participate in the caravan between January 12-15. Each stop will be emceed by a team broadcaster. An autograph ticket system will be in place for children ages 15 and under. Fans at caravan stops in Missouri and Quincy, Ill., are asked to bring nonperishable food donations for Feeding Missouri.
The first two caravan stops our outlined below. Others will be uploaded to at cardinals.com/caravan.
Jan. 12, Jefferson City, Missouri Farm Bureau Center, 6:00 p.m.
Jan. 13, Columbia, Stoney Creek Hotel, 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 13, Fulton, Westminster College, 5 p.m.
Jan. 12, Springfield, Hammons Field, 12:15 p.m.
Jan. 12, Springfield, JQH Arena, Time TBD (autograph-only event; requires ticket to Bass Pro Tournament of Champions)
Jan. 13, Joplin, Taylor Performing Arts Center, 12 p.m.
Jan. 13, Rolla, Rolla High School, 5:30 p.m.
Maloney, Simontacchi move on
Former Cardinals third base coach Chris Maloney has been named manager of the Class AA Mississippi Braves. Former Cardinals Class AA pitching coach Jason Simontacchi has been named as the Royals’ assistant Minor League pitching coordinator.
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