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White Sox announce 2014 player development staff

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CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox have announced their player development staff and assignments for the 2014 season.

Joel Skinner at Class AAA Charlotte (third season) and Julio Vinas at Class AA Birmingham return to manage their respective clubs in 2014. Vinas guided Birmingham to a 77-63 record and the Southern League Championship, the club's first title since 2002. The Barons won both postseason series in a decisive Game 5.

Vinas also was named by Baseball America as the Best Manager Prospect in the SL following the season.

New managerial assignments in 2014 include Tommy Thompson at Class A Winston-Salem, Pete Rose Jr. at Class A Kannapolis and Charlie Poe at Advanced Rookie Great Falls.

Thompson and Rose Jr. are entering their fourth consecutive seasons managing in the White Sox system, while Poe's assignment will be his first as a manager. Rose Jr. led Great Falls to the Pioneer League playoffs last season.

Mike Gellinger will serve as the manager of Chicago's new Arizona Rookie League Team. Gellinger formerly worked as a major-league coach, computer scouting analyst and special assignment scout for the White Sox from 1997-2013. He managed at Advanced Rookie Bristol in 2013.

The AZL White Sox will play at Camelback Ranch - Glendale, the spring training home of the Sox.

Former White Sox third baseman Vance Law, who joined the player development staff last season, will serve as the assistant hitting coordinator in 2014. He will work with returning hitting coordinator Tim Laker.

Pitching coaches Richard Dotson (Charlotte), Britt Burns (Birmingham), J.R. Perdew (Winston-Salem), Jose Bautista (Kannapolis) and Brian Drahman (Great Falls) will return to their posts this season.

Nick Capra enters his third season as the White Sox director of player development, and Kirk Champion will serve as the organization's field coordinator for the third consecutive season. Capra and Champion were promoted to their current positions on January 23, 2012.

Following are the White Sox full player development assignments for 2014:

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTORS

Director of Player Development: Nick Capra

Field Coordinator: Kirk Champion

Pitching Coordinator: Curt Hasler

Hitting Coordinator: Tim Laker

Assistant Hitting Coordinator: Vance Law

Outfield /Baserunning Instructor: Doug Sisson

Infield Instructor: Ever Magallanes

Catching Instructor: John Orton

Conditioning Coordinator: Dale Torborg

Latin Liason: Bobby Magallanes

Minor League Medical/Rehabilitation Coordinator: Scott Takao

Physical Therapist: Brett Walker

Coaching Assistants: Jerry Hairston, Chet DiEmidio

CLASS AAA CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS

Manager: Joel Skinner

Pitching Coach: Richard Dotson

Hitting Coach: Andy Tomberlin

Assistant Coach: Ryan Newman

Trainer: Joe Geck

Conditioning: Chad Efron

CLASS AA BIRMINGHAM BARONS

Manager: Julio Vinas

Pitching Coach: Britt Burns

Hitting Coach: Brandon Moore

Trainer: Scott Johnson

Conditioning: Shawn Powell

CLASS A WINSTON-SALEM DASH

Manager: Tommy Thompson   

Pitching Coach: J. R. Perdew

Hitting Coach: Gary Ward

Trainer: Josh Fallin

Conditioning: Raymond Smith

CLASS A KANNAPOLIS INTIMIDATORS

Manager: Pete Rose Jr.

Pitching Coach: Jose Bautista

Hitting Coach: Rob Sasser

Trainer: James Kruk

Conditioning: George Timke

ADVANCED ROOKIE GREAT FALLS VOYAGERS

Manager: Charlie Poe

Pitching Coach: Brian Drahman

Hitting Coach: Greg Briley

Trainer: Will Lawhorn

Conditioning: Tim Rodmaker

ARIZONA ROOKIE LEAGUE WHITE SOX

Manager: Mike Gellinger

Pitching Coach: Felipe Lira

Hitting Coach: TBD

Trainer: Cory Barton

Conditioning: Ibrahim Rivera

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ACADEMY

Academy Coordinator: Rafael Santana

DR Field Coordinator: Julio Valdez

Manager: Guillermo Reyes

Pitching Coach: Efrain Valdez

Hitting Coach: Domingo Michel

Infield Coach: Angel Gonzalez

Outfield Coach: Nelson Abreu

Trainer: Jose Del Villar

Conditioning Coach: Pedro Gomez

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