INDIANAPOLIS – The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the 2017 field staffs for their minor league affiliates on Friday and they feature a prominent change for the Indianapolis Indians.
Andy Barkett will take over as the Tribe’s manager in 2017, with pitching coach Stan Kyles and hitting coach Butch Wynegar each returning for their third season in Indy. It was also announced that Dru Scott will be the Indians’ new trainer and Alan Burr will serve as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach.
Barkett, 42, spent the 2016 season as an assistant hitting coordinator in the Pirates organization. Indianapolis’ new skipper does have some managing experience at the minor league level, spending a total of eight years between the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins organizations.
As a first baseman and outfielder over the course of an 11-year professional playing career, Barkett racked up 89 home runs and 604 RBIs in the minors. Barkett was able to reach the major leagues in 2001, posting a .304 batting average in 17 games played with the Pirates.
He replaces Dean Treanor, who piled up 471 victories (best for third all-time among Indians managers) in six seasons leading the Tribe. Treanor accepted a bullpen coach position with the Marlins earlier this month.
Indy’s season gets underway with a contest at Victory Field against the Toledo Mud Hens on Thursday, April 6, 2017.