2013 Field Staff
This will be Ayrault's fourth season managing in the Milwaukee organization as he led the Helena Brewers in both 2010 and 2011. In 2010, he led Helena to a 41-34 regular season record and the team's first Pioneer League championship since 1996.
Ayrault is no stranger to the Florida State League as he managed the Sarasota Reds from 2007-09. He led the Reds to the 2007 FSL playoffs as Sarasota won the first-half in the West division. He also spent three seasons in the Texas Rangers organization as he served as a coach for three different teams.
Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round of the 1990 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft out of Sarasota High School, Ayrault spent eight seasons in the Braves' minor league system as a catcher. He made his Major League debut on September 1, 1996 for Atlanta and was included on the postseason roster for the Braves as they went play in the 1996 World Series.
Ayrault resides in Sarasota, Florida with his wife, Kelly, and their two children: daughter Haley and son Kole.
Ned Yost IV will be back with the Manatees in 2012 for his second season as the team's hitting coach.
Yost is in his fifth season as a coach in the Brewers system. From 2009-2011, he was a coach with the Helena Brewers.
Prior to coaching, Yost spent three seasons as an infielder in Milwaukee's farm system from 2005-07. He played in 71 games over two seasons with the Manatees in 2006 and 2007. The Brewers signed Yost as a non-drafted free agent out of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2005.
Yost resides in Marietta, Georgia. He is the son of former Brewers manager and current Royals manager, Ned Yost.
Mark Dewey will return for his second year with both Brevard County and the Milwaukee organization as the Manatees' pitching coach. Under Dewey's direction in 2012, Brevard County's team earned run average improved to 3.86 from 4.70 in 2011.
Prior to the 2012 season, Dewey spent two seasons as the pitching coach for the Washington Wild Things of the independent Frontier League.
He also served as pitching coach at Emory & Henry College in 2009 and has additional experience as pitching coach with the Aiken Foxhounds of the South Coast League (2007) and with the Kingsport Mets (2000 and 2002).
He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 23rd round of the 1987 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft out of Grand Valley State University. In six Major League seasons, Dewey threw 249 innings in 205 relief appearances.
Dewey compiled a 12-7 record with a 3.65 ERA with the Giants (1990, 1995-96), the New York Mets (1992) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1993-94). In 1996, he was tied for third among pitchers in the National League with 78 appearances.
Tommy Craig ("TC") enters his seventh season as athletic trainer with the Brevard County Manatees after coming over from the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
Craig filled many roles during his 25 years with Toronto, including head trainer and rehab coordinator. He served as head trainer during Toronto's back-to-back Championship seasons in 1992 and 1993. Craig also served as head trainer for the American League during the 1991 MLB All-Star Game and as head trainer for Team Canada during the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Craig is a graduate of East Carolina University. He and his family reside in Palm Harbor, Florida. Craig has three children, Geoff, Sarah and Natalie.
Jonah Mergen will be returning for his third season as Brevard County's strength and conditioning specialist.
Mergen previously worked in the Houston Astros organization in 2010, as strength and conditioning coach of the Greenville Astros. He also served as the coordinator of strength and Conditioning for the Astros extended spring training program.
He has also worked in strength and conditioning departments of North Carolina State University, the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse and the National Strength and Conditioning Association World Headquarters.
Mergen graduated from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse in 2009 with a Master's Degree in Human Performance. He received Bachelor's Degrees in both Exercise Science and Spanish Language from St. Ambrose University in 2007.