Fryman returns to manager role at Mahoning Valley; Indians announce full Player Development System assignments
The Cleveland Indians today announced the organizational staff alignment within the Player Development System for the upcoming season.
The Indians will begin their first season of Carolina League action with the Class-A Lynchburg Hillcats, as MARK BUDZINSKI takes the helm of the Central Virginia franchise. SHAUN LARKIN, 35, will take over the controls of the Lake County Captains after serving as the Hitting Coach for the Captains in 2014. The 2015 season marks his fourth season in the Indians organization after playing six seasons in the organization from 2002-07. CHRIS TREMIE returns for his third season piloting the Triple-A Columbus Clippers after leading the Clip Show to a 79-65 record in 2014. DAVID WALLACE is again managing the Double-AA Akron RubberDucks, his fourth season as Minor League manager after guiding Akron to a 73-69 record in 2014.
TRAVIS FRYMAN returns to a managerial role, taking over the reins once again at Short-Season A Mahoning Valley. The 13-year Major League veteran and five-time American League All-Star also managed the Scrappers from 2008-10, spending the last four seasons as a Special Assistant and Infield Coordinator. ANTHONY MEDRANO will lead the Rookie-Level Arizona League Indians for the 5th consecution season in his 8th season overall in the organization.
SCOOTER TUCKER moves from the dugout to Catching Coordinator entering his fourth season in the system after spending 2013 (Lake County) and 2014 (Carolina) managing. Tucker, who appeared in 51 Major League games with Houston & Cleveland from 1992-95, will now mentor the organization’s backstops in a roving capacity.
CARL WILLIS returns to a Pitching Coach role after re-joining the Indians organization in 2014 as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations. Willis was with the Indians organization from 1997-2009 and spent seven seasons guiding the Indians Major League pitching staff from 2003-2009. The nine-year Major League veteran was the Pitching Coach of the Seattle Mariners from 2010-2013.
JIM RICKON has been promoted to organizational Hitting Coordinator after spending the last season as Hitting Coach for AAA Columbus. The Cleveland State alum played three seasons in the Indians organization from 1999-2001 and has been a Hitting Coach in the system since 2002.
ERIC BINDER has been promoted to Assistant Director of Player Development. Binder joined the organization in 2013 as a Baseball Operations intern after a two-year Minor League pitching career starting in 2011. The Burr Ridge, IL native attended Northwestern and Trinity University, graduating in 2010, and attended and instructed at the Texas Baseball Ranch from 2009-13. As the Assistant Farm Director, Eric will take on increased responsibility in the leadership of the Player Development staff and the design and creation of its programs, policies and curriculums.
Other new additions to the Player Development staff include KEN KNUTSON joins the Indians organization as Pitching Programs and Rehab Coordinator. In this role, Ken will coordinate and monitor pitcher throwing and arm care programs, with an emphasis on off-season development. Most recently, Ken served for five years as the Pitching Coach at Arizona State University. Prior to his time with the Sun Devils, Ken spent 17 years as head coach at the University of Washington, where he compiled a career overall record of 584-399-2 and recruited and coached current Indians pitcher NICK HAGADONE.
BOBBY MAGALLANES joins the organization as Hitting Coach for the Rookie Arizona League Indians. The Goodyear, AZ resident spent the last four seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization where he managed AA Birmingham and served as a Latin Liaison. Prior to his stint with the White Sox he coached and managed in the Los Angeles Angels system from 2002-10. He played professionally for ten Minor League seasons from 1990-2001 and is the brother of former Indians infielder Ever Magallanes.
LARRY DAY will serve as the Hitting Coach for Single-A Mahoning Valley in 2014. Day joins the Indians out of Ohio University, where he served as an assistant coach in 2014. Prior to his stint at OU he was an assistant coach at Vanderbilt University from 2009-13. The Amesbury, MA native played professionally in the New York Yankees organization for two seasons (2007-08) after a collegiate career at the University of Connecticut.