2017 marks Nestor Rojas' first season as manager of the San Jose Giants and fifth year overall as a manager in the San Francisco Giants organization. He previously managed the Class-A Augusta GreenJackets in 2015 and 2016 after a two-year stint as the AZL Giants manager from 2013-14. Last season under Rojas' leadership, Augusta posted a 76-63 record - the top overall mark in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division. As a first-year manager in 2013, Rojas led the AZL Giants to a 41-14 record and the Arizona Rookie League championship. Rojas began his coaching career with a two-year stint as Augusta's hitting coach from 2011-12.
Rojas played in the Giants minor league system for seven seasons from 2004 to 2010 advancing as high as Triple-A. The former catcher was a member of San Jose's 2009 record-breaking championship team batting .293 with three home runs and 18 RBI's in 27 games. A native of Venezuela, Rojas is the second former San Jose Giants player to return as manager (Steve Decker).
Mike Couchee is in his fifth season as pitching coach for the San Jose Giants and sixth year overall in the San Francisco Giants organization. Under Couchee's guidance, the San Jose Giants have led the California League in ERA twice over the last four seasons. The 2015 Giants pitching staff also set a team record and led all of Minor League Baseball with 1,345 strikeouts.
Couchee previously spent nine years in the San Diego Padres organization, including eight seasons as their Minor League Pitching Coordinator from 2004-2011 and one year as pitching coach for Triple-A Portland in 2003. He also spent 10 seasons as the California/Anaheim Angels Minor League Pitching Coordinator from 1993-2002 after a five-year stint as a pitching coach in their organization. Couchee began his coaching career with Double-A Tulsa in the Texas farm system in 1986.
Couchee was drafted by San Diego in 1980 and pitched in the major leagues with the Padres in 1983 (eight games, 0-1 record, 5.14 ERA). He pitched six seasons professionally with the San Diego (1980-85) and Baltimore (1985) organizations. Couchee was born in San Jose and attended nearby Los Gatos High School. He pitched collegiately at San Jose City College, USC and San Diego State University.
Todd Linden is in his second season as hitting coach for the San Jose Giants and fourth year overall as a coach in the San Francisco Giants organization. He was previously hitting coach for the Augusta GreenJackets from 2014-15. Last season under Linden's leadership, the Giants hit 126 home runs - the most by a San Jose team since 2005.
Linden spent parts of five seasons in the major leagues with the San Francisco Giants (2003-07) and Florida Marlins (2007). The former outfielder owned a career big league batting average of .231 with eight home runs over 270 games. Linden was originally a first round selection of the Giants in the 2001 draft out of LSU. He hit 121 home runs over 10 minor league seasons (2002-09, 2012-13). Linden also played professionally in Japan and in the independent North American League.
Aaron Schumacher is in his first season as San Jose's athletic trainer and his first year in the Giants organization. Prior to coming to San Jose, Schumacher spent six seasons as an athletic trainer in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. His tenure with the Dodgers included the last three years with their Double-A affiliate in Chattanooga and Tulsa and one season with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League in 2013. Schumacher completed his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training at University of Mount Union and received his Masters Degree in Athletic Training at Ohio University.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Jon Medici is in his first season as San Jose's strength & conditioning coach and his first year in the Giants organization. Medici spent last season in the Colorado Rockies organization as the Physical Performance Coach for the Modesto Nuts of the California League. He also has experience as a strength and conditioning coach for Advanced Performance Academy and Conca Sports and Fitness. Medici earned a B.S. in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.