FORT WAYNE, IN — The San Diego Padres announced the coaching staff for their Class A (Midwest League) affiliate, the Fort Wayne TinCaps, on Friday. The Padres have assigned Anthony Contreras to return to the TinCaps for his second season as the club’s manager and Burt Hooton is back for his fifth year as the team’s pitching coach. Four newcomers will join them in the dugout.
Doug Banks takes on the role of hitting coach and Jhonny Carvajal (pronounced: Johnny CAR-vuh-haul) is an additional coach. Allyse Kramer is on board as athletic trainer and Jay Young will serve as strength coach.
“We’re very excited to have Anthony Contreras and Burt Hooton return to Fort Wayne this year for what promises to be a very exciting TinCaps club,” said Sam Geaney, Padres Director of Player Development. “The remainder of our staff who is new to the city will soon discover what a special place Parkview Field is to call home.”
This marks the first time since José Valentín in 2012-2013 that the TinCaps will have the same manager for consecutive seasons. Meanwhile, Hooton is set to become the longest-serving coach in Fort Wayne’s 25-year franchise history.
“I couldn’t be more excited to return this season to Fort Wayne and lead a fresh, new team,” Contreras said. “The city, the fans, Parkview Field, and the extraordinary staff make Fort Wayne one of, if not the best, all-around atmospheres for Minor League Baseball, and I’m very fortunate to be part of it. This year’s team looks again to be very exciting and we can’t wait to bring winning baseball to Fort Wayne.”
ESPN.com recently ranked San Diego’s farm system No. 3 out of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams.
“We’re ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with Anthony and Burt again,” said TinCaps President Mike Nutter. “While we value their top-notch abilities as baseball coaches, what we appreciate even more is the caliber of their high character as people. We’ll miss the guys from last year’s staff who aren’t back and wish them the best, but also look forward to welcoming Doug, Jhonny, Allyse, and Jay into our TinCaps family.”
Tickets for group outings and 2017 season tickets are already on sale. Tickets for individual games will go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 15. The new season begins at Parkview Field on Saturday, April 8 (6:05 p.m.) against the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays).
2017 TinCaps Field Staff
- Manager: Anthony Contreras
- Pitching Coach: Burt Hooton
- Hitting Coach: Doug Banks
- Coach: Jhonny Carvajal (pronounced: Johnny CAR-vuh-haul)
- Athletic Trainer: Allyse Kramer
- Strength Coach: Jay Young