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Coaching Staff

2015 Mudcats Coaching Staff

Manager Luis Salazar

Salazar skippered the Lynchburg Hillcats the past four seasons and guided his team into the postseason each of the past three years. The Hillcats won the Carolina League title in 2012. The upcoming season will mark his fifth as the manager of the Braves' Advanced-A team. He has compiled a 567-623 (.476) record over his 12 campaigns as a manager in the minor leagues. Prior to joining the Braves, Salazar managed farm teams for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers. His 13-year major league playing career included time with the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs.


Pitching Coach Derrick Lewis

Lewis begins his first year with Carolina and second as the pitching coach for the Braves' Advanced-A club. It will mark his 12th season overall with the Braves organization. Over the past 10 seasons, Lewis has worked his way up the Braves' player development ladder, beginning his coaching career with the Gulf Coast League Braves. His affiliation with the organization dates back to 1997 when Atlanta drafted him in the 20th round. He was selected the Myrtle Beach Pitcher of the Year in 1999 after finishing second in the Carolina League for ERA. Lewis was 31-37 with a 4.04 ERA in 161 minor league games (six seasons).


Hitting Coach Carlos Mendez

2015 will be the eighth season in the Braves organization for Mendez and his first as hitting coach for the Mudcats. He spent four years as the hitting coach for the Danville Braves before a promotion to Lynchburg in 2014. Mendez helped the Hillcats finish in a tie for second in the Carolina League with a .261 team batting average. He played for five different organizations over 16 seasons in the minors, finishing with a career .297 average. Mendez earned several All-Star nods during his playing career. He made his Major League debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2003.


Trainer Joe Toenjes

Toenjes enters his sixth season with the Braves and his third with the Advanced-A team. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Toenjes served as head athletic trainer at Newberry College (South Carolina) from 2008 to 2010.


Team Orthopedic Dr. Mark Galland

Dr. Galland began his career in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine while serving the United States Navy at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. There he served as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery and received numerous awards and commendations for both leadership and excellence in treating the musculoskeletal and sports injuries common in Sailors and Marines. The broad experience in Sports medicine Dr Galland received during his service in the Navy complemented the training he received at Tulane University in his home state of Louisiana.

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