FREDERICK, MD-The Baltimore Orioles announced their minor league coaching staffs for their seven minor league affiliates on Friday. Keys fans will recognize many of the names, headlined by Ryan Minor, who returns to Frederick to begin his second stint as the Keys manager. Blaine Beatty and Kyle Moore reprise their 2017 roles as pitching coaching and hitting coaching, while Jack Graham begins his first year with the team as field coach. Marty Brinker comes aboard as the athletic trainer and former Keys pitcher, Gene Escat , takes over as strength and conditioning coach.
Minor, 44, embarks on his ninth season as a manager in the Orioles system and his 11th as a coach or manager in the organization. He spent the previous four years as the skipper for the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds in the South Atlantic League. The 2016 campaign was the best of Minor's career, as he led Delmarva to a 73-66 overall record. This included a 42-27 showing in the first half, one where the Shorebirds narrowly missed out on a playoff spot.
As a player, Minor spent parts of four years in the Major Leagues with the Orioles and Montreal Expos. He may be best remembered by Orioles fans for taking the spot of Cal Ripken Jr. at third base on September 20, 1998, the night Ripken ended his consecutive games streak. Minor was drafted by the Orioles in the 33rd round of the 1996 draft out of the University of Oklahoma. A star not only in baseball but in basketball as well, Minor was a two-time All-Big 8 Conference selection and was the Big 8 Player of the Year during the 1994-95 season. He was drafted in the second round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 2018 season marks the eighth for Beatty, 53, in Frederick and his 13th on the Orioles Minor League staff. During that time, he has spent time with the Keys, Shorebirds and the Double-A Bowie Baysox. In the middle of his third tenure in Frederick, Beatty served as the club's pitching coach from 2006-08 and 2010-12. The Texas native also worked as a pitching coach with the Mets and Pirates organizations.
Taken by Baltimore in the ninth round of the 1986 draft, Beatty pitched 12 seasons in the minors with the Orioles, Mets, Expos, Pirates and Reds organizations. Finishing with a career record of 121-69 with a 3.26 ERA in 296 games, Beatty reached the Major Leagues with New York in 1989 before making a second cameo in 1991. In seven total games, he posted a 2.30 ERA.
Moore, 31, helped the 2017 Keys lead the Carolina League in hitting, while he mentored the league's MVP, Ademar Rifaela , batting champion, Ryan Mountcastle as well as Austin Hays , who soared from Frederick to Baltimore. Beginning his third season as an Orioles hitting coach, Moore's tenure on the O's minor league staff began in 2016, when he oversaw the offense for Delmarva. To go along with these roles, Moore was a field coach in 2013-14 with the Keys and Baysox and a strength and conditioning coach with the Shorebirds in 2012.
A Keys player from 2010-11, Moore was a member of the 2011 Mills Cup Championship team, the last Keys team to claim a Carolina League title. Signed as a free agent by the Orioles in 2010, Moore split his playing career between Frederick, Aberdeen and Delmarva.
Graham, 25, begins his first season as a field coach in the Orioles minor league system. He spent two years as a player (2015-16) with Delmarva and Aberdeen after being drafted out of Slippery Rock University in 2015.
Brinker, 28, starts his first year in Frederick, after working as an athletic trainer for Delmarva (2017) and Aberdeen (2015-16). Formerly a trainer for the Army West Point football team, University of Akron baseball team and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Indians Short-Season), Brinker received his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Capital University and his masters degree in exercise physiology/adult fitness from the University of Akron.
Escat, 28, returns to the Keys as strength and conditioning coach after pitching for the orange in black in 2013 and 2014. Originally a 23rd round pick by Baltimore in 2012 out of Fresno State, the right-hander advanced as high as Triple-A Norfolk. He concluded his career in 2016 following stints in the Mexican League and with the St. Paul Saints in the independent American Association. In 2017, Escat was the strength and conditioning coach for Delmarva.
Keith Bodie, the Keys manager in 2017, returns to Bowie as hitting coach. Additionally, Brian Guzman, who served as the Keys athletic trainer from 2015-17, earns a promotion to Double-A. Brian Graham remains the Orioles Director of Player Development and Kent Qualls continues to serve as Director of Minor League Operations.
Ticket plans are currently available for the 2018 season by contacting the Keys Groups Department at 301-815-9900. Each fan who purchases a ticket plan will have their choice of a Trey Mancini or an Austin Hays bobblehead. The Frederick Keys kickoff their home schedule on Thursday, April 12 against the Potomac Nationals at 7:00 p.m. To follow the Keys all offseason, fans can visit frederickkeys.com.
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