Padres News: Team Announces Minor League Roving Coaches


Two names head the list of the San Diego Padres‘ announcement yesterday of their 2015 minor league roving coaches and instructors: Moises Alou and Mark Prior. Alou, will serve in the capacity of Special Assistant, Player Development, and Prior will serve as the pitching coordinator.

Alou, a six-time All-Star during a career that spanned from 1990-2008, has plenty of experience in helping to develop young players, as he’s served as the GM of the Dominican national team as well as running a winter league team. His roots in baseball are strong, as father Felipe, and uncles Jesus and Matty have been and around the game for decades.

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Prior, the native San Diegan, will be working in his second season in the organization, having worked last year in the baseball operations department. The former Chicago Cubs’ hurler came on big during the Cubs’ 2003 NLCS run, which ended in heartbreak, as the Florida Marlins defeated he and Kerry Wood en route to the World Series crown versus the Yankees. Arm problems derailed a once promising career, as he bounced around in the minors, trying to earn a shot back in the show. He also spent time with the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Reds, and the Padres.

Others named as minor league roving coaches and instructors include: Dave Snow (Player Development Consultant), Luis Ortiz (Field and Hitting Coordinator), Eric Junge (Minor League Pitching Instructor), Ryley Westman (Catching Coordinator), Tarrik Brock (Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator), Eddie Rodriguez (Infield Coordinator), Evaristo Lantigua (Latin America Instruction Coordinator), Jordan Wolfe (Strength and Conditioning Coordinator), Ryan Bitzel (Rehabilitation Coordinator), Joseph Torantino (Medical Coordinator) and Gorman Heimueller (Roving Pitching Instructor).

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