A little less than a month after being introduced as the Twins’ manager, Rocco Baldelli has officially solidified his 2019 big-league staff.
According to the Thanksgiving Eve reports, the last piece of Baldelli’s proverbial puzzle has come via one of one of his former Tampa Bay acquaintances, Bill Evers.
Including Evers, Twins fans will witness a handful of fresh faces join their favorite team’s new manager during his inaugural campaign.
In the spirt of getting to know
one another them, here’s some background information on each of the five newcomers:
Bill Evers (major league coach)
Evers, who has spent the last 22 seasons with the Rays organization, will be assuming the role of the Twins’ major league coach.
The 64 year-old Evers’ main day-to-day tasks with Minnesota will be “handling catching instruction and other duties” while working hand in hand with returning bench coach Derek Shelton.
Throughout his time as a minor league manager, Bill Evers has amassed a career 1,381-1,206 record (.534).
Wes Johnson (pitching coach)
In the aftermath of Garvin Alston surprising firing, it is Wes Johnson who will take over the reigns as Minnesota’s pitching coach.
Johnson, who’s hiring seemingly came out of left field, comes to the Land of 10K Lakes via the collegiate game.
Jeremy Hefner (assistant pitching/bullpen coach)
Unlike Evers and Johnson, Jeremy Hefner obtained his new job with the Twins organization via an internal promotion.
After retiring from a “decade in pro ball as a right-handed pitcher,” Hefner was hired as an advanced scout, last offseason.
Tommy Watkins (first base coach)
In Jeremy Hefner fashion, Tommy Watkins has also officially climbed up Minnesota’s organizational ladder.
Watkins, a former infielder who spent part of the 2007 playing for the Twins, has been a coach and manager in Minnesota’s minor league system since 2010.
Most recently, the Fort Myers native was the manager of the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (2018) and the Class A Cedar Rapids Kernals (2017).
Tony Diaz (third base coach)
Last, but certainly not least, we have 41 year-old Tony Diaz.
Diaz, who replaces Gene Glynn as Twins’ third base coach, is fresh off a one year stint working the same role for the Rockies.
Prior to that gig, the Dominican born Diaz was the long time manager of Colorado’s minor league affiliate, the Casper Ghosts.
In conclusion, this group of elite baseball brains joins the tenured Derek Shelton (bench coach), James Rowson (hitting coach), and Rudy Hernandez (assistant hitting coach) to officially round out Rocco Baldelli’s 2019 big-league staff.
Now that they have their crew of coaches, it’s about that time for the Twins to start making some more moves on the another important realm.