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Field Staff

RIVER CATS 2017 FIELD STAFF


Dave Brundage Manager  

Dave BrundageDave Brundage joins the River Cats with nearly two decades of managerial experience. The veteran manager spent the last four seasons with the International League's Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A), compiling a 286-289 record (.497). Last year, he led the IronPigs to an 85-58 record, the second best mark in all of Triple-A baseball.

Brundage made his managerial debut in 1995 with the Riverside Pilots (Seattle Mariners Class A-Advanced) but has spent most of his managerial career at either the Double- or Triple-A levels. Prior to his four seasons with Lehigh Valley, Brundage helmed the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves for six seasons from 2007 through 2012. He made his Triple-A debut in 2006 with the Pacific Coast League's Tacoma Rainiers. Brundage has a career record of 1,371-1,315 (.510) in 19 seasons as a manager and a 793-781 (.504) mark at the Triple-A level.

Drafted in the 4th round of the 1986 Amateur Draft out of Oregon State University, Brundage spent 10 seasons as a player in the Minor Leagues with the Phillies and Mariners organizations.


Dwight Bernard Pitching Coach  

Dwight BernardDwight Bernard will serve as pitching coach for the River Cats in 2016. This will be Bernard's third season in the Giants organization and 14th season as a pitching coach at the Triple-A level. Before coming to the Giants organization, Bernard was most recently the pitching coach for the Tacoma Rainiers, where he worked with notable pitchers such as Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. Bernard began his coaching career in 1986 in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

The Mount Vernon, Illinois native was drafted by the New York Mets in the second round of the 1974 amateur draft and reached the majors with the club in 1978, spending most of that year in the Mets bullpen. He was traded to Milwaukee and pitched an inning in Game 6 of the World Series vs. St. Louis in 1982. He spent 1983 and 1984 in the Houston Astros farm system and ended his career with the Baltimore Orioles in 1985.


Damon Minor Hitting Coach  

Damon MinorDamon Minor joins the River Cats after five seasons with the New Orleans Zephyrs. While in New Orleans, he worked to produce an offense that averaged a .260 batting average with over 120 home runs a season. The team set a franchise record with 153 home runs in 2012.

Minor was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round of the 1996 amateur draft before debuting in the majors as a first baseman in 2000. He went on to play for the Giants in 2000-2002 and 2004, and for Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2005.

In 136 games over four seasons, Minor batted .232 with 13 home runs. In 2002, he set a career-high by playing in 83 games and hitting 10 home runs, helping the Giants clinch the National League pennant. While playing for the Giants organization, Minor had a batting average of .277 with 179 home runs and 648 RBI spread amongst nine seasons.


LJ Petra Athletic Trainer  

LJ PetraL.J. Petra enters his eighth consecutive season in the Giants organization and second as Athletic Trainer in Sacramento. The 2004 University of Connecticut graduate spent the 2014 season in Fresno, after being with Double-A Richmond for two seasons (2012-13), and both Augusta (2009), and San Jose (2010-11) for one season each. Prior to the Giants, he spent 2007-08 as the assistant athletic trainer and head strength and conditioning coach for the Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

Petra is a certified member with both the National Athletic Trainers Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also worked for the Professional Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy Company in New York from 2004-2007.


Adam Vish Strength & Conditioning Coach  

Adam VishAdam Vish enters his fourth season in the Giants organization as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and his sixth season working in professional baseball. He worked in the Kansas City minor league organization with the Burlington Royals (2011) and Wilmington Blue Rocks (2012) before moving into the Giants farm system. He then served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Augusta Green Jackets, the Single-A club of the Giants in 2013 and the Richmond Flying Quirrels, Double-A, in 2014-2015. Vish is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Master of Science (MS), Exercise and Physiology program and holds RSCC and CSCS certifications from the NSCA. In 2012, he was named the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for the Carolina League (Advanced A).