ARNIE BEYELER - MANAGER
Arnie Beyeler joins the SeaWolves in 2020, his first in the Detroit Tigers Organization. 2020 will be his 29th season as a manager, coach or scout in professional baseball.
Beyeler spent the 2019 as the Baltimore Orioles First Base Coach. He managed the Miami Marlins Triple-A club in New Orleans from 2016-2018. He spent three seasons (2013-15) as First Base Coach for the Boston Red Sox and was on the coaching staff for their World Championship in 2013. Prior to joining the Boston Major League staff, Beyeler spent nine seasons as a manager in the organization guiding Short-Season A Lowell (2000-01), Class-A Augusta (2002), Double-A Portland (2007-10) and Triple-A Pawtucket (2011-12). Led Pawtucket to a 2012 Governors' Cup in the International League. He also led Portland to a pair of Eastern League playoff appearances in 2007-08. Was named the Eastern League's top managerial prospect by Baseball America in 2010. Between stints with the Red Sox Organization, Beyeler spent time with the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees minor league systems both as a coach and manager. Began his post-playing career as a Florida area scout for the Detroit Tigers from 1992-96.
As a player, Beyeler played six minor league seasons in the Detroit Tigers system from 1986-91, reaching Triple-A Toledo in his final professional campaign...His best season came in 1987 when he hit .285 with 20 stolen bases in 117 games at Single-A Fayetteville.
Beyeler resides in Atlantic Beach, FL, and has two children: Jordan and Brady...Graduated from Wichita State University (KS), where he earned All-Conference honors in all three seasons from 1984-86 and was named to the All-Region team in 1985...Also attended Lamar Community College (CO).
MARK JOHNSON - PITCHING COACH
Mark Johnson returns to the SeaWolves in 2020 to serve as pitching coach. Johnson is the first former SeaWolves pitcher to be named the team's pitching coach. He pitched parts of three seasons (2002-03, 2005) with Erie.
2019 will be Johnsons 13th season with the Tigers organization. He has served as the Lakeland pitching coach the past two seasons. Prior to his time with the Flying Tigers, Johnson served in the same role with Class-A West Michigan (2008-12, 2015-16) Class-A Connecticut (2013-14) and Class-A Oneonta (2007).
Johnson was a first round selection by the Houston Astros in the 1996 June draft. He pitched nine seasons with the Astros (1997), Florida Marlins (1998), New York Yankees (1999), Tigers (2000-03, 2005) Milwaukee Brewers (2002) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2004) organizations. Johnson's lone Major League experience was nine appearances during the 2000 season with the Tigers.
ADAM MELHUSE - HITTING COACH
Adam Melhuse joins the Tigers organization in 2020 to serve as the SeaWolves hitting coach.
Prior to joining the Tigers, he was a hitting coach in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, spending the 2019 season with Double-A Tulsa and the 2018 season with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He was also the manager for Single-A Burlington in the Los Angeles Angels system for two seasons (2016-17). Before transitioning to coaching, Melhuse spent four seasons as an advanced scout for the Chicago Cubs.
Melhuse played for parts of eight years in the Major Leagues. Over 311 career games, he hit .234 with 24 home runs and 98 RBI spending time with the Dodgers (2000) Colorado Rockies (2000-01, 2008), Oakland Athletics (2003-07) and Texas Rangers (2007-08).
He was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round of the 1993 June draft.
TONY SMITH - DEVELOPMENTAL COACH
Tony Smith joins the Tigers organization, his first coaching position in affiliated baseball, to serve as the developmental coach with the SeaWolves.
Prior to joining the Tigers he was the pitching coach (2017-19) and bullpen coach (2016-17) with the Shaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League.
He served as the Director of Pitching, Arm Care and Overhand Throwing at Athletes HQ (2018-19) and The Dugout (2016-18), both of which are specialized baseball and softball training facilities in Illinois. At both of those training facilities he regularly coached players using Driveline, Florida & Texas Baseball Ranch and OnBaseU protocols, functional movement screens and Rapsodo devices.
Prior to transitioning to coaching, Smith pitched four seasons with various independent league teams, posting a 21-10 record and 4.73 ERA (266.2IP/140ER), while striking out 182 and walking 76.
CHRIS VICK - ATHLETIC TRAINER
Chris Vick enters his first season as the Athletic Trainer of the SeaWolves. Vick has spent the past six seasons in the Tigers organization. Prior to this season, he served in the same capacity with Class-A West Michigan (2019), Class-A Lakeland (2017-2018), Class-A Connecticut (2015-2016) and Gulf Coast League Tigers (2014).
Prior to joining the Tigers organization, Vick served as an Assistant Athletic Training Intern with the Class-AA Portland Sea Dogs in the Boston Red Sox organization (2013) and as a Strength and Conditioning Intern with the Class-A Lakewood BlueClaws in the Philadelphia Phillies organization (2012).
Vick completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chris enjoys cooking cheesecakes and traveling as much as possible in his free time.