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Dodgers fill farm director, coaching vacancies

By in Press Enterprise on December 1, 2017

By Bill Plunkett

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers promoted former major-league pitcher Brandon Gomes to the position of director of player development and filled a handful of organizational openings Friday.

In addition, the Dodgers announced that Brant Brown and Luis Ortiz had been named to the dual roles of assistant hitting coach and minor-league hitting coordinator. The two will work both with the major-league team and with minor-league hitters, replacing Tim Hyers and Shawn Wooten who filled those roles last year. Hyers left to become the hitting coach on the staff of new Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora. Wooten’s contract was not renewed.

The Dodgers also announced the hiring of Ron Porterfield as director of player health. Porterfield spent the past 12 years as the head trainer for the Tampa Bay Rays. He will work out of the Dodgers’ training complex in Glendale, Ariz., with oversight of medical services at the major- and minor-league levels.

Gomes, 33, replaces Gabe Kapler as farm director. Kapler left to become the Philadephia Phillies’ new manager.

Gomes spent five seasons in the major leagues as a right-handed reliever with the Tampa Bay Rays (2011-15). He joined the Dodgers’ player development department a year ago in the newly-created role of pitching coordinator/performance as part of a restructuring.

Like most organizations, the Dodgers had a single pitching coordinator for their minor-league pitchers. When Rick Knapp left that position following the 2016 season, the Dodgers created a pitching department with Gomes and Chris Fetter hired, splitting duties. Gomes now ascends to the lead role in the player development department after just one year.

Brown spent parts of four seasons (1996-2000) in the major leagues as an outfielder with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins. He served as a hitting coach in the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners’ organizations since then. Ortiz played 60 […]    

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