MOBILE, AL - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the new Major League parent club of the Mobile BayBears, has named the organization's player development staff for the 2017 season.
Highly regarded Sal Fasano will be the Manager for the Mobile BayBears. This is his 1st year as a coach in the Angels organization and his 7th season coaching overall. After an 11-year career as a catcher in the big leagues, Fasano broke into the coaching ranks as the skipper of the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League in 2010. In 2011, Fasano won Eastern League Manager of the Year after leading the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to the league championship. He has spent the past two seasons as the Pitching Coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Joining Fasano's staff this year will be Hitting Coach Ryan Barba, Pitching Coach and former BayBears pitcher, Buddy Carlyle, Athletic Trainer Matthew Morrell and Strength Coach Adam Auer.
2017 will be Ryan Barba's 7th season in a coaching position. Barba played four seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves organizations before beginning his coaching career in 2011 with his alma mater, the University of New Mexico. Barba spent this past season as the Hitting Coach for the California League and Angels Single-A Affiliate, the Inland Empire 66ers.
Buddy Carlyle enters 2017 as a coach for the first time in his baseball career. Carlyle was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. After spending two years with the Reds, Buddy was traded to the San Diego Padres organization in 1998. Carlyle helped lead the BayBears to a Southern League Championship and Baseball America's Minor League Team of the Year honors in the 1998 season. He posted a team-best 14-6 record with an earned run average of 3.38. Carlyle spent parts of 9 seasons as a pitcher in the Major Leagues, including stints with the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, and New York Mets.
Rounding out the BayBears field staff is athletic trainer Matt Morrell, who spent 2016 as a member of the Inland Empire 66ers. In addition to Morrell, Strength and Conditioning Coach Adam Auer will join the staff in the same role in which he served for the former Angels Double-A Affiliate, the Arkansas Travelers, in 2016.
The BayBears 2017 season begins on the road April 6 with a five-game series against the Chattanooga Lookouts before returning home on April 12 to face the Jackson Generals at 6:35pm.
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