Brian Shouse to serve as Riders pitching coach in 2016

Hickory manager Spike Owen heads to majors; Steve Mintz to manage Crawdads

By Nathan Barnett / Frisco RoughRiders | February 29, 2016 2:20 PM

FRISCO, TEXAS (February 29, 2016) - The Texas Rangers announced on Monday that former big league hurler Brian Shouse will serve as the pitching coach for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Rangers, this upcoming season.

Shouse, who was originally slated to be a part of the Class A-Short Season Spokane Indians' staff, fills the vacated spot of Steve Mintz. Mintz was set to become the RoughRiders new pitching coach this season but will instead manage the Hickory Crawdads. Crawdads manager Spike Owen will be the Rangers interim third base coach, serving in the position while Tony Beasley undergoes cancer treatment. Joey Seaver has joined the Short-A Spokane staff as pitching coach, taking Shouse's previous post.

Shouse, 47, is in his fifth season in the Texas organization. The former big league southpaw rejoined the organization prior to the 2012 campaign and worked with the Rookie AZL Rangers pitchers each of the last four seasons. In 2015, his staff posted a 3.44 ERA, good for sixth in the 14-team league. The staff was also second in the circuit in strikeouts (505).

As a player, Shouse appeared in 467 major league games with six teams from 1993-2009, mostly as a reliever, compiling a record of 13-10 and a 3.72 ERA. He was with the Rangers from 2003-06, working in 185 games, and also pitched for Pittsburgh (1993), Boston (1998), Kansas City (2002), Milwaukee (2006-08), and Tampa Bay (2009). He also briefly pitched in the Japanese Pacific League during the latter half of the 2009 campaign. From 2003-2008, Shouse appeared in 386 games, 9th-most among left-handed pitchers. An Illinois native, Shouse graduated from Bradley University, where he is a member of the Bradley Hall of Fame.

In Hickory, Mintz will be managing for the first time stateside after a winter at the helm of the Adelaide Bite, where he led the club to the championship of the Australian Baseball League.

Also recently added to the staff are coaches Sharnol Adriana and player/coach Carlos Maldonado. Shouse, Adriana, and Maldonado complete the staff under manager Joe Mikulik along with hitting coach Jason Hart, trainer Jacob Newburn, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Eric McMahon. Kyle Furin joins the organization as the new home clubhouse manager and Justin Aguilar as a Rangers video intern.

The RoughRiders will open their 2016 home schedule at Dr Pepper Ballpark on Thursday, April 14 and host 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 5. Season ticket packages and group and hospitality offerings for the RoughRiders 2016 season can be reserved by calling (972) 731-9200 or emailing info@ridersbaseball.com. Single-game tickets will go on sale to the public in March.

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