Mario Lisson joins the FredNats after managing the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2018 and 2019, becoming the 27th manager in franchise history. Lisson is a former professional baseball player who was signed by the Kansas City Royals as an undrafted free agent in 2002. The infielder then played in the minor leagues for several teams, including stops in the Nationals’ system with Harrisburg and Syracuse. Lisson also played in the Venezuela Winter League for the Leones del Caracas.
Pat Rice, Pitching Coach
Pat Rice is a former MLB pitcher who debuted with the Seattle Mariners in 1991 before transitioning to coaching. He most recently was a pitching coach in the Los Angeles Angels system from 2014 to 2019, spending 2019 with the Salt Lake Bees, the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate. He has also coached in the Mariners’ and San Francisco Giants’ systems.
2021 will be his first season in the Nationals’ organization.
Jorge Mejia, Hitting Coach
Jorge Mejia was previously the hitting coach for the Nationals’ Dominican Summer League team in 2013 and the Gulf Coast League team from 2014-2019. 2021 will be his first season with the Fredericksburg Nationals.
Kirby Craft, Head Athletic Trainer
Kirby Craft joins the FredNats after previously working for the Short-Season Single-A Auburn Doubledays in the Washington Nationals organization in 2019.
Ryan Grose, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Ryan Grose joins the FredNats after previously working for the Short-Season Single-A Auburn Doubledays in the Washington Nationals organization in 2019.