Born September 25, 1983 in Guatire, Miranda, Venezuela and resides in Guatire with his wife Mariafernanda Lara, who is a former Gymnast for the Venezuelan Rhythmic Gymnastics Team…Has one daughter; Vanessa (11) and one step-daughter, Jenifer…Is in his second season as Manager with Bristol and his 11th with the Pittsburgh organization…Former catcher was originally signed by Cincinnati as a non-drafter free agent on 11/15/00 and made his professional debut with the VSL Reds in 2001…Was named Cincinnati's minor league Defensive Player-of-the-Year and was selected to the Florida State mid-season All-Star team in 2005…Made Major League debut with the Reds on 9/7/05 vs. Milwaukee; became the first player from Guatire to play in the Majors…Has been with the Pirates organization since signing as a minor league free agent on 1/11/13…Was a non-roster spring training invitee in 2008 and 2009…Is a 2000 graduate of Juan Jose Abreu High School in Caracas.
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Born December 17, 1963 in Kingsport, TN…Resides in Knoxville, TN, with wife Diana…Has three children; sons Matthew (26) and Ryan (15) and daughter Hannah (23)…Is in his first season with the Pittsburgh organization…Spent last four years in the Texas organization - the last two as Pitching Coach with Spokane in the short-season Northwest League…Also worked two seasons in the same capacity with the Arizona League Rangers…Joined Rangers organization following a successful run as a pitching coach at the junior college level, which included 14 seasons at his alma mater, Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN…Was part of six Walters State baseball teams that advanced to the JUCO World Series, including as pitching coach for the 2006 national champions…Has over 24 years of experience as a pitching coach at the collegiate level, serving in that capacity at Carson-Newman for 10 years, where he won three South Atlantic Conference titles and a trip to the NAIA World Series in 1993 and NCAA Division II World Series in 1999…Also spent one season in the Boston minor league system as a pitching coach with the Lowell Spinners in 2006…was a pitcher at the University of Tennessee, where he received a B.A. degree in Sociology in 1987…Received a Masters Degree in Health and Physical Education from Carson-Newman University in 1992…Was selected by Detroit in the sixth round of the 1984 January Draft, by Milwaukee in the fourth round of the 1984 June Draft and by Baltimore in the fifth round of the 1985 June Draft, but did not sign…Was selected a fourth and final time by Milwaukee in the 17thround of the 1986 June Draft and pitched professionally in the Brewers farm system in 1986 and 1987.
Born November 15, 1987 in Little Rock, AR…Resides in Oklahoma City, OK, with wife Joelle, son Micah (3) and daughter Millie (1)…Is in his 13th season with the Pittsburgh organization, his third as the Hitting Coach with Bristol (also 2015-2016)…Served as Hitting Coach for the GCL Pirates in 2017…Was a player/coach for four years; with the GCL Pirates in 2014, Altoona in 2013 and State College in 2011-2012…Was selected by the Pirates in the seventh round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft and made professional debut with the GCL Pirates that summer…Was recognized by Baseball America as having the "Best Outfield Arm" in the Pirates minor league system prior to the 2007 and 2008 seasons…Was named to the New York-Penn League mid-season All-Star team while playing with State College in 2007…Produced a .237 (336-for-1415) batting average, 51 doubles, nine triples, six home runs, 127 RBI and 48 stolen bases in 399 career minor league games…Is a 2006 graduate of Edmond (OK) Santa Fe High School, where he stole 34 bases as a senior and was also an all-region football player and a defensive back.
Born November 16, 1992 in Lebanon, PA…Resides in Jonestown, PA (Lebanon county)…Is in this third full season in professional baseball; his first with the Bristol Pirates…Spent the last two years working at the Pirates academy for the Dominican Summer and Instructional Leagues…Spent part of the 2015 season working as an Intern Athletic Trainer with the Boston Red Sox…Graduated from Messiah College in May 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training.
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