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Managerial Notes
Overall Record
Affiliated: 0-0, 1st Year
Overall: 0-0, 1st Year
Managerial Career

2017 - Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
Short Season, (First Year)

Born
December 8, 1972 (44)
Hometown
Cartagena, Colombia
School
N/A
Professional Playing Career
1990 - 2011 (22 seasons)
Batted / Threw
Right / Right

Jolbert Cabrera, Manager

Jolbert Cabrera, a native of Colombia, is the first international manager for the Volcanoes and is in his first managerial position in his coaching career. Cabrera most recently helped coached the Colombian national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Cabrera enters his fourth season as a professional baseball coach, beginning his career in 2014 with the Cincinnati Reds' Arizona League team then in 2015 with the Reds' Rookie Affiliate in Billings, Montana in the Pioneer League before moving to the Giants' organization and coaching with the Giants' Arizona League team.

Signed as an amateur free agent in 1990, Cabrera played 22 seasons of professional baseball, eight at the MLB level, beginning in 1998 with the Cleveland Indians. Cabrera also played two seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers as well as one season with the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners. 

Cabrera accumulated a .257 career batting average with 157 RBI in eight Major League seasons, five with the Cleveland Indians where he hit .234 with 3 home runs in his five seasons in Cleveland, two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers were he hit .284 with six home runs in two seasons in Los Angeles, a season with the Seattle Mariners, clubbing six home runs and accumulating a .270 batting average, and then returning to the MLB four years later wit the Reds where he hit .252 in his final MLB season.

Cabrera is the older brother of MLB World Series champion Orlando Cabrera.

 

   
Coaching Notes
Coaching Career
Univ. of Portland (2002)
Western Oregon (2003-2005)
Salem-Keizer (2006-Pres)
Born
August 30, 1970 (45)
Hometown
Portland, Oregon
School
Chemeketa CC (Salem, OR)
Professional Playing Career
1990 - 1994 (5 seasons)
Batted / Threw
Right / Right

Ricky Ward, Hitting Coach

Ricky Ward is in his 11th season coaching for the Giants' system and his 10th year as hitting coach with Salem-Keizer. Ward has guided some of the league's most successful offensive groups in recent memory, including Northwest League Championship teams in 2006, 2007 and 2009. His 2007 squad finished with a franchise-best .289 average and 497 runs scored (6.5 per game), as the Volcanoes established a league-best 57-19 record and their second-straight Northwest League title. The 2015 Volcanoes set a franchise record with 60 home runs.

 

Ward returned to the organization after having played in the Giants farm system from 1990-93. The infielder debuted in the Northwest League with the Everett Giants, following that up with his best statistical season in Low-A Clinton in 1991. Ward hit 11 home runs, 22 doubles and drove in 64 RBI in the Midwest League. Ward reached Double-A Shreveport in the 1992 and 1993 seasons before capping his minor league career with the Minnesota Twins with the Nashville Xpress.

 

Ward was on the Western Oregon University coaching staff from 2003-05, after beginning his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at the University of Portland in 2002.

 

Ward was a former infielder drafted in the 10th round by the Giants in 1989 out of Chemeketa Community College in Salem. Ward attended Roosevelt High School in Portland. Ward and his family reside in Salem.

   
Coaching Notes
Coaching Career
Salem-Keizer (2013-Pres)
Born
July 4, 1981 (34)
Hometown
Napa, California
School
St. Mary's (Moraga, CA)
Professional Playing Career
2004 - 2012 (9 seasons)
Batted / Threw
Right / Left

Matt Yourkin, Pitching Coach

Matt Yourkin embarks on his fourth campaign as a pitching coach with Salem-Keizer in 2016. Yourkin joined the Volcanoes after serving as a left-handed batting practice pitcher for the major league squad during the first half of the 2013 season.

 

The former minor league pitcher played nine seasons with the Florida Marlins and Giants. He was selected by San Francisco from Florida in the Rule V Draft in 2008. Yourkin climbed to the ranks of Triple-A with the Marlins and Giants, including two consecutive years in the rotation with the Fresno Grizzlies. In total, Yourkin appeared in 326 games amassing 706 innings.

 

Yourkin graduated from Napa High School in California where he lettered three years in baseball and two years in football. He attended St. Mary's (CA) College and was later signed by the Marlins as a non-drafted free agent. Yourkin and his family currently reside in Gilbert, Arizona.

   
   
Coaching Notes
Coaching Career

Kansas City Royals org. (1984-1997)

Colorado Rockies org. (1998-2000)

San Jose Giants (2001-2003)

Salem-Keizer (2004-2008)

San Jose Giants (2009-2010)

Salem-Keizer (2011-2013)

Richmond Flying Squirrels (2014)

Augusta GreenJackets (2015-2016)

Salem-Keizer (2017-Pres)

Born
December 9, 1947 (69)
Hometown
Los Angeles, California
School
Riverside CC (Riverside, CA)
Professional Playing Career
1967 - 1981 (10 seasons)
Batted / Threw
Right / Right

Jerry Cram, Pitching Coach

Jerry Cram rejoins the Volcanoes as a pitching coach alongside Yourkin. Cram coached Volcaneos pitchers from 2004-2008 and 2011-2013 and this 2017 season will mark Cram's 50th season in professional baseball.

Cram guided the staff over five seasons to a 3.75 ERA, leading the NWL in that pitching category twice. Cram coached future Giants World Series winners Jonathan Sanchez ('04), Sergio Romo ('05) and Tim Lincecum ('06).

Cram was an undrafted free-agent signee out of Riverside CC by the Minnesota Twins and made his MLB debut later that same year for the Kansas City Royals at the age of 21. Cram made 23 appearances in total for the Royals and New York Mets. Cram has moved around the Giants' organization as a coach, most recently coaching for the Augusta GreenJackets (A-Full).

In Cram's first season at in the Show, Cram tossed 16.2 IP and accumulated an ERA of 3.24 with the Kansas City Royals as a 21 year old rookie. Cram would go on to play four seasons at the pinnacle of baseball and acquired a career ERA of 2.98 as a relief pitcher for the Royals and the Mets. Cram gave up just three home runs in his MLB career while striking out 22 batters in 48.1 IP.

Cram is a native of Los Angeles, California and is 69 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
Coaching Notes
Coaching Career
Salem-Keizer (2016-Pres)
Born
August 17, 1987 (28)
Hometown
Poway, California
School
Riverside CC (Riverside, CA)
Professional Playing Career
2006 - 2015 (10 seasons)
Batted / Threw
Right / Right

Thomas Neal, Assistant Coach

Thomas Neal joins the Salem-Keizer field staff for the 2016 season, his first year joining the coaching ranks. Neal joins Haines as the two former Volcanoes players to coach the squad. The outfielder played in 50 games for Salem-Keizer in 2006.

 

Neal eventually made his debut for the Cleveland Indians in 2012 before also playing in the big leagues for the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs. After a stint in independent baseball in 2015, Neal decided to retire from playing and get into coaching.

 

Neal was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 36th round and will be a good mentor to young Giants players who are looking to advance to the big leagues -- no matter how high or low they went in the draft.