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White Sox announce player development staff


CHICAGO -- Julio Vinas, who was at the helm for Double-A Birmingham's 2013 Southern League championship, will be back as Barons manager for 2014 as part of the player development staff announced by the White Sox on Tuesday. Birmingham's title was its first since '02.

Joel Skinner returns for his third season managing Triple-A Charlotte, while Tommy Thompson moves to Class A Advanced Winston-Salem and Pete Rose Jr. moves to Class A Kannapolis. Both enter their fourth straight season managing in the White Sox system, with Rose Jr. having led Advanced Rookie Great Falls to the Pioneer League playoffs last season.

Charlie Poe takes over as manager at Great Falls, starting his first assignment as a manager. Mike Gellinger, who worked as a Major League coach, computer scouting analyst and special assignment scout for the White Sox from 1997 to 2013 and managed at Advanced Rookie Bristol in '13, will lead the White Sox new Arizona Rookie League team. The AZL entry will play at Camelback Ranch.

Former White Sox third baseman Vance Law, who joined the player development staff last season, serves 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 begins his third season as director of player development, and Kirk Champion begins his third season as the field coordinator, after both were promoted on Jan. 23, 2012.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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