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Field Staff

2015 Princeton Rays Coaching Staff

 

DANNY SHEAFFER- MANAGER
The 2015 season will mark the third year, and the third straight year managing Princeton, in the Rays organization for the 53-year old Sheaffer, who will be logging his 35th season in professional baseball. Sheaffer's Princeton team in 2014 gave local fans a season to remember as they were the second winningest team in Princeton's 28-year franchise history with a 40-28 regular season record that was tops in the Appalachian League for last summer before being eliminated in the first round of the postseason playoffs by the Danville Braves. It was the P-Rays' first appearance in Appalachian League postseason play since 1998.

Prior to his 2013 arrival in Princeton, he spent the prior six seasons in various positions with the Houston Astros' organization, primarily as their minor league roving catching coordinator. He is currently a resident of Mount Airy, NC and an alumnus of Clemson University. He was the first round draft pick (20th overall) of the Boston Red Sox in the 1981 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. He made his major league debut on April 9, 1987 with the Red Sox and was a .232 career hitter in 389 career major league games over a ten-year period from 1987-1997 (playing in seven different MLB seasons) as a catcher and infielder for the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals. He was a member of the inaugural 1993 Colorado Rockies team and saw his only postseason action as a player with the 1996 St. Louis Cardinals.

His previous managerial experience has all been at the AAA level, 2003-2006 with the Memphis Redbirds and 2007 with the Round Rock Express.


 

JOSE GONZALEZ - PITCHING COACH
Gonzalez, 36, will return to Princeton in 2015 for a second straight season. His 2014 P-Rays' pitching staff was first in the Appalachian League in lowest earned run average at 2.92 while also walking the least hitters in the league for the season. His mound staff last year also rewrote the Princeton franchise's single-season record book in five categories. Prior to joining the P-Rays' coaching staff last season, he had spent the previous three seasons filling the role of pitching coach for the Rays' entry in the Dominican Summer League.

His 2013 DSL Rays' pitching staff had a sparkling team earned run average of 3.04. The 35-year old resident of Santo Domingo, DR also performed these same duties from 2006-2010 for the DSL Red Sox. As a player, he pitched in the Red Sox farm system for three seasons from 2000-2002, advancing as high as short-season A level Lowell (MA) in 2002. His three-year totals in the minors saw him appear in 19 career games on the mound while posting a 2-1 record and a 3.44 earned run average.


 

Waurnner Rincones - HITTING COACH
Rincones previously spent time managing the Venezuelan Summer League affiliates of the Cincinnati Reds (2006) and the Tampa Bay Rays (2009). As a manager he guided his squads to a career 76-59 record. As a player, Rincones spent time in the Chicago White Sox farm system as a corner infielder before serving as a hitting coach at their Venezuelan Academy from 1996-2005.

Rincones is spending his first season in Princeton in 2016.


 

ANTHONY DUNAGAN- CLUBHOUSE MANAGER
Anthony returns to Princeton in 2015 for his sixth consecutive season as P-Rays' Clubhouse Manager. However, he is no stranger to the business as he was the Clubhouse Manager for the four years prior to his arrival in Princeton for Tampa Bay's short season-A affiliate, the Hudson Valley (NY) Renegades of the New York-Penn League. He started his service time in pro baseball as a 14-year old batboy for the Renegades in 2002.

The Bradenton, Florida, resident then progressed into clubhouse work at Hudson Valley as well as usually working with the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida for both Spring Training and "extended" Spring Training as well as working instructional league ball for them in the fall. He is hoping his time in Princeton might result in him winning his first championship ring of his professional baseball career. In the meantime, he acquired his first "ring" on December 13, 2014, when he married his wife, Kaylee (Travis).