As the minor leagues gear up to begin their first season in almost two years, things will be different. All teams will have four affiliates, and the short season A-ball no longer exist. For the Orioles, this means our teams are now the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds, High-A Aberdeen IronBirds, Double-A Bowie Baysox, and Triple-A Norfolk Tides.
With the minor league season on the horizon, the Orioles have announced their coaching rosters for each minor league team. Without further ado, here they are!
Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds
- Manager: Dave Anderson
- Pitching coach: Robbie Aviles
- Hitting Coach: Patrick Jones
- Fundamentals Coach: Matt Packer
- Development Coach: Davis Barry
- Strength & Conditioning Coach: Liz Pardo
High-A Aberdeen IronBirds
- Manager: Kyle Moore
- Pitching Coach: Josh Conway
- Hitting Coach: Tom Eller
- Fundamentals Coach: Tim DeJohn
- Development Coach: Ryan Goll
- Athletics Trainer: Adam Sparks
Double-A Bowie Baysox
- Manager: Buck Britton
- Pitching Coach: Justin Ramsay
- Hitting Coach: Ryan Fuller
- Fundamentals Coach: Jeff Kunkel
- Development Coach: Grant Anders
- Athletic Trainer: Marty Brinker
- Strength & Conditioning Coach: Jon Medici
Triple-A Norfolk Tides
- Manager: Gary Kendall
- Pitching Coach: Kennie Steenstra
- Hitting Coach: Tim Gibbons
- Development Coach: Malcom Holland
- Athletic Trainer: Chris Poole
- Strength & Conditioning Coach: Trey Wiedman
The Orioles farm system is still loaded with many coaches familiar to the organization, including now third-year manager Buck Britton and 22-year vet and 2015 Eastern League Champion, Gary Kendall.
With the new minor league set up, IronBirds Coach Kyle Moore returns for his first season in a full length league instead of the original 60-game short-season club he was in charge of.
The start of the Triple-A minor league season, which includes our Norfolk Tides, has been pushed back a month. In that month, an alternate site will be set up, similar to last season. All April scheduled games will not be made up, and our Tides will kick off the season on May 4.
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