STUBBY CLAPP -- MANAGER
Stubby Clapp enters his first season as the Memphis manager and first season coaching in the Cardinals organization. Prior to returning to Memphis, Clapp spent four seasons as hitting coach in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, including the 2015-16 seasons with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA). From 2013-14, he served as hitting coach for the Dunedin Blue Jays (A), and was the recipient of the Blue Jays' 2014 Bobby Mattick Award for excellence in Player Development.
Often referred to as the "Mayor of Memphis," Clapp became the first and only Memphis Redbirds player to have his number retired by the team in 2007. Known for his energy and hard play day in and day out, Clapp was beloved by fans for his work ethic and the backflips he routinely performed when taking the field.
In his Redbirds career, Clapp appeared in a total of 425 games. He sits at the top of the Redbirds' career leaders in walks (222) and triples (19), while also ranking second in runs scored (258) and third in games (425), at-bats (1,556), hits (418), doubles (87), and extra-base hits (128). He was a member of the Redbirds' first PCL Championship team in 2000, where he hit three home runs and drove in 11 during the playoffs. Earlier that season, Clapp recorded the first hit in AutoZone Park history, with a single to center field, and set the Redbirds' single-season record for triples with eight.
A graduate of Texas Tech University, the Windsor, Ontario native was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 36th round of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft. He played for Johnson City (R) in 1996, Prince William (A) in 1997 and Arkansas (AA) in 1998 before making his debut with Memphis (AAA) on April 8, 1999 against Calgary at Tim McCarver Stadium.
Clapp made his Major League debut on June 18, 2001 against the Cubs. He appeared in 23 career games for the Cardinals that season, posting a .200 average with two doubles and one RBI.
Clapp played the 2003 season for the Atlanta Braves' Richmond (AAA), followed by a 2004 campaign that was split between New Hampshire (AA) and Syracuse (AAA) in the Blue Jays organization. Clapp finished his career playing 2005-06 seasons for the Edmonton Cracker-Cats of the independent Northern League.
Following his playing career, Clapp spent 2007-12 as a coach in the Houston Astros' organization: three seasons as the hitting coach for Lexington (A), one season as hitting coach for Corpus Christi (AA), and two as manager of Tri-City (SS).
Clapp has represented Canada in numerous international baseball competitions. He recorded a game-winning, bases-loaded single to beat the United States in the first round of the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg. Clapp also played for the Canadian National team in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics. Clapp served as a coach in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and was third base coach for the gold medal-winning Canada national baseball team at the 2015 Pan American Games.
The 44-year-old was the third member of his family to be given the nickname "Stubby," along with his grandfather and father. He and his wife, Chastity, have three children: sons Cooper (aka "Stubby IV") and Cannan, and daughter Crosbie.
The Clapp File
Name: Richard Keith "Stubby" Clapp
Born: February 24, 1973, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Family: wife Chastity; sons Cooper, Cannan; daughter Crosby
Drafted: 1996 36th round, St. Louis Cardinals (Texas Tech University)
Professional Playing Career:
1996: Johnson City Cardinals (R-STL)
1997: Prince William Cannons (ADV A-STL)
1998: Arkansas Travelers (AA-STL)
1999-2001: Memphis Redbirds (AAA-STL)
2001: St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
2002: Memphis Redbirds (AAA-STL)
2003: Richmond Braves (AAA-ATL)
2004: New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA-TOR), Syracuse SkyChiefs (AAA-TOR)
2005-06: Edmonton Cracker-Cats (IND)
International Playing Career:
1999: Team Canada (Pan American Games) -- bronze medal
2004: Team Canada (Athens Olympics)
2008: Team Canada (Beijing Olympics)
2009: Team Canada (World Baseball Classic)
2007: hitting coach, Lexington Legends (A-HOU)
2008: hitting coach, Lexington Legends (A-HOU)
2009: hitting coach, Lexington Legends (A-HOU)
2010: hitting coach, Corpus Christi Hooks (AA-HOU)
2011-12: manager, Tri-City ValleyCats (SS-A HOU)
2013-14: hitting coach, Dunedin Blue Jays (ADV A-TOR)
2015-16: hitting coach, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA-TOR)
2017-present: manager, Memphis Redbirds (AAA-STL)
International Coaching Career:
2011: Team Canada (Baseball World Cup) -- bronze medal, Team Canada (Pan American Games) -- gold medal
2013: Team Canada (World Baseball Classic)
2015: Team Canada (Pan American Games) -- gold medal
BRYAN EVERSGERD -- PITCHING COACH
Bryan Eversgerd returns to the Redbirds for his fifth season as pitching coach in 2017 and begins his 15th overall season in the Cardinals organization.
Before arriving in Memphis in 2013, he spent four of the previous five seasons in the same capacity for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals (2008-09, '11-12) that culminated with a Texas League championship and George Kissell Award in 2012.
Eversgerd's inaugural coaching season was in 2001 as pitching coach for the Cardinals' Advanced-A Potomac affiliate. After being out of baseball for two years, he resumed as pitching coach for the Midwest League Low-A affiliate in Peoria (2004) and Quad Cities (2005-07) prior to joining Springfield's staff.
Eversgerd coached four seasons over two stints with Springfield (2008-09, '11-12) that culminated with a Texas League championship in his final season. He spent the 2010 campaign with Advanced-A Palm Beach in the Florida State League.
After attending Kaskaskia Community College (Ill.), the left-hander was originally signed by St. Louis as a non-drafted free agent during a June tryout camp at Busch Stadium in 1989 and enjoyed a 12-year professional pitching career.
He pitched a scoreless inning of relief in his Major League debut for St. Louis on April 30, 1994 and picked up his first big league win in his only major league start on May 20, 1994 at Florida.
Eversgerd pitched three seasons with the Redbirds during 1998-2000 seasons (12-15, 3.27 ERA, 148 SO) and ranks 3rd in Redbirds' history with 156 relief appearances.
The left-hander led the Redbirds in appearances in 1998 and 1999 season, including finishing 2nd in the circuit in games (59) and baserunners, per nine innings (10.09) in 1999.
Eversgerd hurled 7 2/3 scoreless innings while picking up two playoff victories for the 2000 PCL champion Redbirds, which included the winning decision during Albert Pujols' championship-clinching walk-off home run in extra innings of game 4.
Eversgerd graduated from Carlyle (Ill.) High School where he was named team MVP and All-Conference as a senior in 1987. He resides in Hoffman, Ill. with wife Lisa, and their two children, daughter Kristen and son Jacob.
MARK BUDASKA -- HITTING COACH
Mark Budaska begins his 10th season as the Redbirds hitting coach in 2017. Before Memphis, he spent six years working in the Boston Red Sox system, including the 2004-07 campaigns with Triple-A Pawtucket.
During his tenure in Memphis, Budaska has tutored Cardinals batters Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong, Jon Jay, David Freese, Randal Grichuk, Daniel Descalso, Matt Adams, Stephen Piscotty, and Tommy Pham before moving on to St. Louis.
Budaska spent three offseasons from 2010-12 as the hitting and outfield coach for the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Prior to his time with the PawSox, Budaska spent two years with Double-A Portland. In 2001, the Pennsylvania native enjoyed his most success as a coach, winning the Texas League Championship with the Anaheim Angels' Double-A affiliate Arkansas Travelers. That year his hitters finished fourth in the league with a .266 team batting average. Budaska served as hitting coach and first base coach for a major league team in Taiwan from 1998-2000.
The former switch-hitting outfielder played for 10 years in the Oakland Athletics organization, including two stints with the big league club in 1978 and 1981. Budaska, who now resides in Hawaii, appeared in 13 games with the A's collecting six hits in the 36 at-bats with three doubles and two RBIs.
He began his professional playing career in 1973 with Lewiston in the Northwest League after signing as an amateur free agent and made his major league debut on June 6, 1979.
ADRIAN MARTIN -- COACH
Adrian Martin begins his first season in the Cardinals organization in 2017 and first season overall in player development.
Martin pitched professionally for 12 seasons after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 19th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft out of South Fork High School in Stuart, Fla.
The right-hander held a career record of 56-31 with a 3.46 ERA in 736.1 lifetime innings, which covered 394 appearances and 55 starts. He reached as high as Triple-A, making five appearances, two starts, with the Las Vegas 51s in the Pacific Coast League.
In addition to the Blue Jays organization, Martin spent time with the Giants and pitched in two different Independent Leagues, including as recently as 2015.
Martin resides in Tampa, Fla., with his wife, Emmie.
SCOTT ENSELL -- ATHLETIC TRAINER
Scott Ensell begins his first season with the Redbirds and eighth season in the Cardinals organization in 2017.
Ensell spent the last four season with Double-A Springfield and was previously with Single-A Quad Cities (2012) and Rookie-level Johnson (2011).
Ensell has a history in Memphis, as he was an athletic training intern with the Redbirds in 2009 and earned his Master's Degree from the University of Memphis.
LANCE THOMASON -- STRENGTH COACH
Lance Thomason begins his first season as Memphis Strength and Conditioning Coach and fifth season in the Cardinals organization in 2017.
Thomason spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with Double-A Springfield after beginning his career with the Cardinals in 2013 at Rookie-level Johnson City and 2014 with Single-A Peoria.
Thomason graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion, and he later served an internship with the university's performance department and was a volunteer strength coach.
Thomason resides in Evanston, Wyo., with his wife, Crystal, son, Brooks, and newborn daughter.