The Kansas City Royals have announced the coaching staff that will lead the 2017 Burlington Royals. The Royals will only have almost a brand new staff for the 2017 season, with only one returner from last year's coaching staff.
Omar Ramirez takes over as Manager in Burlington after Scott Thorman led the team for the past two seasons. Ramirez served as hitting coach during the 2009 season in Burlington, and spent the last two seasons as manager of the Lexington Legends. Ramirez was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1990 draft. He played eight seasons in the Indians' and Houston Astros systems.
Pitching Coach, Carlos Martinez, will be in Burlington for his 6th consecutive season with Kansas City's Appalachian League Affiliate. Martinez helped shape the 2012 pitching staff to have the 2nd best ERA in the league and give up the fewest Walks of all Appalachian League teams. The 2016 Burlington pitching staff had a slew of top talent and Martinez had an integral part in shaping the young arms for Kansas City.
Hitting Coach, Andre David, will make his debut as a Royal in 2017. He was previously the hitting coach in Idaho Falls, and will enter his 20th season in the Royals' organization.
Athletic Trainer, Daniel Accola, will join the club as the certified athletic trainer, replacing Saburo Hagihara.
"We are thrilled to have Omar, Carlos, Andre, and Daniel here for the 2017 season," said Assistant General Manager, Mikie Morrison. "We will miss Scott, Jesus, and Saburo, but we are excited to see what this incoming staff can do with the next wave of talent.
The Royals are set to open up Tuesday, June 20th against the Kernersville Bulldogs from the Southern Collegiate Baseball League. Opening Night is slated for Thursday, June 22nd at Burlington Athletic Stadium.