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Field Staff

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


Manager


Tripp Keister

2014 Carolina League Field Manager of the Year Tripp Keister, 45, enters his fifth season managing inside the Washington Nationals' Minor League organization and prepares to lead a Potomac Nationals club that logged a (65-74) record during the 2015 season.

Keister's resume includes a 2014 Mills Cup Championship, the fifth Carolina League title captured by the Potomac Baseball franchise.

His appointment comes on the heels of his tenure as Washington Nationals' Field Manager representative in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League. Keister managed the Salt River Rafters to a (16-13) record.

Keister 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.

Keister oversaw a duo of 2015 mid-season Carolina League All-Stars in RHP Nick Pivetta (traded to the Philadelphia Phillies at the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline for RHP Jonathan Papelbon) and C Spencer Kieboom.

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).

Keister enters 2016 with a career MiLB managing record of (250-222) inside the Nationals' chain (.530 winning percentage).


Pitching Coach

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Franklin Bravo

Bravo, 36, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will begin his 14th season inside the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals organization and his third 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 tutored a P-Nats pitching staff in '15 that included the number one overall prospect in the Washington Nationals' farm system, RHP Lucas Giolito. The 2015 Potomac pitching stable submitted a 3.31 earned run average which ranked 3rd-best in the Carolina League.


Hitting Coach

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Luis Ordaz

Ordaz, 40, of Maracaibo, Venezuela embarks on his sixth year in Washington's Minor League system and his first 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.

Ordaz inherits a P-Nats' offense that was tied for 4th in the CL circuit in team batting average (.252) but ranked last in the league in home runs (49).


Head Athletic Trainer

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TD Swinford

Swinford returns for his sixth season in the Washington Nationals Minor League organization, and third 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 ten Major League rehabilitation players in 2015 down from the Washington Nationals including: RHP Aaron Barrett, RHP David Carpenter, RHP Erik Davis, RHP Casey Janssen, OF Reed Johnson, IF/OF Tyler Moore, IF Anthony Rendon, OF Denard Span, 2B Dan Uggla, and LF Jayson Werth.

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.


Head Athletic Trainer

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Mike Warren

Warren, a native of Norman, Oklahoma, is back for his fourth straight season with Potomac and sixth overall year in the Nationals' Minor League chain to continue implementing strength and conditioning counseling for Potomac Nationals players. Warren's first two campaigns were spent with Syracuse.