The 2020 season not only marks Bobby Wilson’s first season in Frisco, but it is also his inaugural year as a minor league manager. The Florida native was a journeyman in the big leagues as a defensive-first catcher from 2008 through 2019 for six different franchises.
Before starting his major league career, Wilson was a standout at Seminole High School (Fla.), where he helped guide the Warhawks to an undefeated record of 31-0 and both state and national championships in 2001. Among his high school teammates was 10-year MLB first baseman and former first- round pick Casey Kotchman.
After being drafted in the 26th round of the 2001 MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants, the backstop decided to instead travel not more than 20 minutes down the road and spend a season at St. Petersburg College. In the 2002 draft, Wilson heard his name called again as he was selected in the 48th round by the Anaheim Angels and signed with the Halos.
From 2003 through 2008, Wilson played 542 minor league games, hitting .286 with 50 home runs and 350 RBIs before making his major league debut with the Angels on April 28, 2008 at the age of 25. Over the next five seasons, he played 191 games with the Halos, slashing .208/.272/.321 and contributing defensively with a 2.7 dWAR during that span.
Wilson spent the 2013 season in the Yankees’ minor league system, but found his way back to the big leagues with Arizona in 2014. The 2015 and 2016 seasons were a journey for Wilson as he played for Tampa Bay, Texas, Detroit, Texas again and then Tampa Bay again. Over the course of the two seasons, he played 131 games.
The 2017 season marked a full-time return to Triple-A, this time in the Dodgers organization, but Wilson marched his way back to The Show in 2018 with Minnesota and in 2019 with Detroit.
Wilson resides in Largo, Fla. during the offseason with his wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Blake and Jace.
No stranger to the Metroplex and the Rangers organization, Jeff Andrews enters his 17th season with Texas and returns to Frisco after serving as the RoughRiders pitching coach from 2009-15. In that role, he earned the 2014 Texas League Mike Coolbaugh Coach of the Year award and shared the 2013 Bobby Jones Player Development Man of the Year Award. The South Dakota native will celebrate his 35th season as a minor league instructor in 2020.
From 2016-19, Andrews served as a special assignment pitching coach, roving between minor league teams in the Rangers system. Prior to his time with the Rangers, Andrews was the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach at the major league level during the 2008 season. In his coaching career, Andrews has worked with the Rangers, Mariners, Padres, Marlins and Pirates.
Andrews graduated in 1977 from Rapid City, South Dakota’s Stevens High School. where he played football and basketball. Because his high school did not have a baseball program, he played American Legion baseball. While pitching at East Tennessee State University, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in history and went back to school after his playing career finished, earning a Master’s Degree in educational administration from the University of Tennessee in 1985.
Andrews and his wife, Reva, have two sons, Nicholas and Alexander. He and his family reside in Edmond, Okla. in the offseason.
After spending the past five season as the Rangers organizational hitting coordinator, Josue Perez joins the RoughRiders staff as the hitting coach. Perez worked as the hitting coach for High-A Myrtle Beach in both 2013 and 2014, helping top talents such as Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor before transitioning into the hitting coordinator role.
Perez has been a coach in the Rangers system since 2006. His previous stops include hitting-coach roles with Low-A Hickory in 2012, Short-A Spokane (2009-11) and the AZL Rangers (2008). He started with the Rangers as the manager for the Dominican Summer League Rangers in 2006 and 2007.
Originally signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in 1998, Perez played professionally in the Dodgers, Phillies and Rangers systems.
The Havana, Cuba native resides in Lewisville, Texas. He has two children, daughter Alannys and son Brian.
Jonathan Gelnar enters his first season with the Rangers organization. Since 2013, Gelnar served as the head baseball coach at Union High School in Tulsa, Okla. After a successful high school playing career at Hobart (Okla.) High School, he played baseball at South Mountain CC (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Redlands CC (El Reno, Okla.).
Gelnar’s father, John, played five seasons in the major leagues as a right-handed pitcher (1964, 1967 and 1969-71) for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Pilots and Milwaukee Brewers.
Alex Rodriguez returns to the RoughRiders for the 2020 season, his ninth campaign in the Rangers organization and second-straight year with the ‘Riders. Previously he spent three seasons with Texas’ Advanced-A club (2016 with High Desert, 2017-2018 with Down East) and has also worked with the organization’s Arizona League and Dominican Summer League affiliates.
Rodriguez carries a championship pedigree, having been part of a championship club four times in his first eight seasons (DSL, 2013 & 2014; High Desert, 2016; Down East, 2017).
The Puerto Rico-born Rodriguez graduated from Barry University in 2012.
Wade Lamont enters his fourth year as the Riders strength and conditioning coach in 2020. This is his ninth year in the Rangers organization, with previous stops at Class-A Hickory (2013-2016) and the AZL Rangers (2012).
As a player, Lamont was selected in the 29th round of the 2007 draft by Detroit out of Flagler College and went on to play parts of three seasons in the Tigers farm system. His father, Gene, is a special assistant to the GM in the Kansas City Royals organization.
2020 is Mitch Brasher's fourth season with the Roughriders. Before joining the squad, he spent the previous three seasons with the Class-A Hickory Crawdads. The 2020 season is his seventh with the Texas Rangers organization.
Brasher is a native of Bridgeton, Missouri and a graduate of Illinois College.