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Field Staff

Tripp Keister, Manager | Franklin Bravo, Pitching Coach | Luis Ordaz, Hitting Coach
T.D. Swinford, Head Athletic Trainer | Gabe Torres, Strength & Conditioning Coach


Manager


Tripp Keister

2014 Carolina League Field Manager of the Year Tripp Keister, 46, enters his sixth season managing inside the Washington Nationals' Minor League organization. Keister comes back to the P-Nats after a playoff run in 2016 and will enter the 2017 season with the third most wins as a manager in franchise history.

Keister's resume includes a 2014 Mills Cup Championship, the fifth Carolina League title captured by the Potomac Baseball franchise, and a stint as the Washington Nationals' Field Manager representative in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League. Keister managed the Salt River Rafters to a (16-13) record in 2016.

He was promoted before the 2014 ledger to lead the P-Nats from his same post with the Class-A Hagerstown Suns, a club he guided to the 2013 South Atlantic League Championship Series.

Keister became the 26th manager in the history of the Potomac Baseball organization in 2014 after spearheading the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2012 before his posts with Hagerstown (2013) and Potomac, respectively.

Prior to his professional coaching experience, Keister served as Head Baseball Coach and Associate Athletic Director at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware (NCAA Div. III) from 2006 through 2011 where he earned a Conference Coach of the Year Award, and a school record 30 wins in 2007. Keister also previously made an assistant coaching stop at the University of South Carolina (NCAA Div. I) from 1996 to 1998, and held the head coaching position at Delaware State University (NCAA Div. I) from 1999 to 2000 before assuming an amateur scouting post for the San Diego Padres.

Keister was selected in the 33rd round of the 1992 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the New York Mets out of the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) where he was a standout outfielder.

In four Minor League seasons in the outfield, Keister collected a .403 on-base percentage courtesy of 223 walks and only 158 strikeouts in 341 games. The new P-Nats skipper played for the Short-season A Pittsfield Mets (1992), the Class-A Capital City Bombers (1993), the Class-A Advanced St. Lucie Mets (1993-1995), and the Double-A Binghamton Mets (1995).


Pitching Coach

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Franklin Bravo

Bravo, 37, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will begin his 15th season inside the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals organization and his fourth with the Potomac Nationals.

As a 17-year-old, Bravo debuted as a pitcher in the Minors with the Gulf Coast League Pirates in 1996 and went on to have a five-year Minor League career in which he earned a (17-20) overall record while fanning 271 batters in 341.0 innings pitched.

The righthanded hurler finished his MiLB playing career with the Class-A Advanced Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League in 2000.

Bravo's previous coaching assignments have included pitching mentor duties for the Dominican Summer League Expos (2003), Short-season A Vermont Expos (2004-2005) which became the Vermont Lake Monsters (2006-2010), Short-season A Auburn Doubledays (2011), and Class-A Hagerstown Suns (2012-2013).

Bravo has mentored numerous top pitching prospects recently, as RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Erick Fedde, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, RHP Nick Pivetta and current Washington Nationals RHP Koda Glover have advanced under his guidance in just the past two seasons.


Hitting Coach

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Luis Ordaz

Ordaz, 41, of Maracaibo, Venezuela embarks on his seventh year in Washington's Minor League system and his second season with Potomac.

A former MLB infielder with the St. Louis Cardinals (1997-1999), Kansas City Royals (2000-2002), and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2006), Ordaz played in 206 Big League games and collected 96 hits (13 doubles) over seven seasons in "The Show."

Ordaz was signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an international free agent in 1992 and made his Big League debut with St. Louis on September 3, 1997 against the Chicago White Sox.

Ordaz spent 2011 to 2013 as the Hitting Coach for Auburn before working for Hagerstown in the same capacity for the last two seasons.

Ordaz was a player/coach for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs during the 2010 ledger.


Head Athletic Trainer

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TD Swinford

Swinford returns for his seventh season in the Washington Nationals Minor League organization, and fourth with Potomac. Swinford served as the Head Athletic Trainer in 2011 and 2012 with the Short-season A Auburn Doubledays and occupied the same role with the Class-A Hagerstown Suns during the 2013 campaign before his first season of tenure with the P-Nats in 2014.

Swinford provided training support for five Major League rehabilitation players in 2016 down from the Washington Nationals including: 1B Ryan Zimmerman, IF Stephen Drew, RHP Matt Belisle, LHP Sammy Solis and RHP Jonathan Papelbon.

Prior to joining Washington's system, Swinford worked for the Baltimore Orioles Minor League chain as Head Athletic Trainer for the rookie-level Bluefield Orioles from 2007 to 2010 in addition to a stint as the Assistant Athletic Trainer/Head Strength Coach for the Class-A Advanced Frederick Keys from 2004 to 2006.

Swinford spent the fall of 2014 in the Arizona Fall League as a trainer with the Mesa Solar Sox.

Swinford graduated from McKendree College (IL) in 2003 with a degree in Athletic Training and Physical Education.


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Gabe Torres

Torres enters his first season with the Potomac Nationals and his third within the Washington Nationals system in 2017. He was previously the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Short-season A Auburn Doubledays (2016) and Class-A Hagerstown Suns (2015). Torres is a 2012 graduate of the University of South Carolina-Beaufort.