BURLINGTON, VT --- The Oakland Athletics have announced that Bryan Corey will be the pitching coach for the New York-Penn League's Vermont Lake Monsters this upcoming 2017 season replacing Carlos Chavez, who will now be the pitching coach for the Single-A Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League.
Corey joins the Athletics organization after spending four seasons as a scout, including the last two years as a Major League advance scout for the Milwaukee Brewers. The 43-year-old pitched parts of five seasons in the Major Leagues between 1998 and 2008, going 4-4 with a 5.13 ERA in 91 career appearances with Arizona, LA Dodgers, Texas, Boston and San Diego.
In parts of three seasons with the Red Sox (2006-08), Corey was a combined 2-0 with a 4.86 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 37 innings pitched in 32 appearances.
Corey will take over for Chavez, who served as the Lake Monsters pitching coach in 2015 and 2016. Chavez was originally scheduled to return to Vermont in 2017, but the Athletics made a couple of changes with their Minor League pitching coaches after 2011 Lake Monsters pitching coach John Wasdin left his position with Double-A Midland to become the Baltimore Orioles Minor League Pitching Coordinator..
As previously announced, manager Aaron Nieckula and hitting coach Lloyd Turner will return to Vermont for their third seasons on the Lake Monsters field staff. The 2017 season begins June 19th at Lowell with the home opener at historic Centennial Field on June 21st vs. Brooklyn.