LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - The Gwinnett Braves, in conjunction with the Atlanta Braves, announced today the coaching staff that will support manager Brian Snitker in 2014. Garey Ingram has been named Gwinnett's new hitting coach, while pitching coach Marty Reed and trainer Mike Graus are set to return to the club.
Ingram, 43, joins Gwinnett after serving as the hitting coach for Double-A Mississippi for the past four seasons. Under his guidance, the M-Braves ranked third in the Southern League with a .251 team batting average last season. Ingram has assisted in the offensive development of several Atlanta Braves players while in Mississippi, including Evan Gattis, Tyler Pastornicky, Andrelton Simmons and Joey Terdoslavich. He replaces Jamie Dismuke, who has been named the hitting coach at Double-A Mississippi after spending the last five seasons with Gwinnett.
Prior to joining the Braves organization in 2010, Ingram was the hitting coach for San Francisco's Double-A affiliate, the Connecticut Defenders, in 2009. He also served as a minor league hitting coach in the Los Angeles Dodgers system from 2002 to 2008. The Columbus, GA native was drafted by the Dodgers out of Middle Georgia Junior College in 1989 and played 14 professional seasons. Ingram played in 82 Major League games with the Dodgers from 1994-95 and 1997, batting .261 with three home runs and 12 RBIs.
Reed, 52, enters his fourth season as Gwinnett's pitching coach, his sixth campaign overall in the Atlanta organization. His 2013 pitching staff finished 10th in the International League with a 4.03 ERA. In 2011, his staff led the IL in both team ERA (3.33) and strikeouts (1,223). In three previous seasons with the G-Braves, Reed has contributed to the development of numerous current Atlanta Braves pitchers, including Mike Minor and Julio Teheran.
Graus returns for his 22nd season with the Braves organization, his ninth as the Triple-A athletic trainer and his sixth with Gwinnett.
Ingram, Reed and Graus will assist Snitker, who was named as the third manager in Gwinnett Braves history on October 14. The Braves' Major League third base coach from 2007 to 2013, Snitker returns to the Triple-A post for the first time since 2006 when he managed the Richmond Braves. He has managed 17 seasons in the Braves' system, compiling a record of 1,140-1,145 (.499) in stops at every level.
The Gwinnett Braves will begin their sixth season of play on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Durham. The G-Braves' 2014 home opener at Coolray Field will take place on Friday, April 11 against the Durham Bulls. Season tickets for the 2014 campaign are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340. For more information on 2014 season ticket packages, visit gwinnettbraves.com/2014.