QUICK FACTS ON THE TRIBE MANAGER:
Name: Brian Esposito
Birthplace: Staten Island, N.Y.
Resides: Sarasota, FL
College: University of Connecticut
Manager: 5th season
Pirates Organization: 6th Season
COACHING & MANAGING CAREER:
Esposito is in his fifth season as a manager in the Pirates organization, his first in Indianapolis … was named to the position on 1/16/18 … Has posted a record of 233-195 (.544) in four years as a minor league manager … Began his coaching career in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2013 as a player/coach for Triple-A Indianapolis … Managed Short-Season A Jamestown in 2014 before jumping to Single-A West Virginia for the 2015 and '16 campaigns ... His '15 team won a club record 87 games and posted a .626 winning percentage, the third-best mark among all full-season teams in Minor League Baseball ... Served as manager for Short-Season A West Virginia in 2017, guiding the team to a 40-35 record and second-place finish in the New York-Penn League's Pinckney Division.
Selected by the Red Sox in the fifth round (152nd overall) of the 2000 MLB June Amateur Draft ... Played 13 seasons professionally with the Boston, Anaheim, Texas, St. Louis, Colorado, Houston and Chicago (NL) organizations between 2000 and 2012 ... Hit .216, belted 38 home runs and tallied 237 RBI while throwing out 27% of would-be basestealers in the minor leagues ... Made big league debut on 6/2/07 with St. Louis vs. Houston ... Logged two more major league appearances in 2010 with the Astros.
|ESPOSITO'S MANAGERIAL RECORD|
|2014||Jamestown||New York-Penn (Short)||35||40||.467||2nd||N/A|
|2015||West Virginia||South Atlantic (Low-A)||87||52||.626||1st||Reached Semifinal (1-2)|
|2016||West Virginia||South Atlantic (Low-A)||71||68||.511||5th||N/A|
|2017||West Virginia||New York-Penn (Short)||40||35||.533||T-2nd||N/A|
|CAREER TOTALS:||233||195||.544||POSTSEASON RECORD (winning percentage): |
Tribe Pitching Coach
QUICK FACTS ON THE TRIBE PITCHING COACH:
Name: Stan Kyles
Birthplace: Chicago, Ill.
Resides: Spartanburg, SC
School: Phillips (Ill.) High School
Minor League Instructor: 28th Season
Pirates Organization: 6th Season
Kyles is in the 28th season of his coaching career and his fourth straight year with the Indians ... Previously oversaw the pitching staff in 2004 when the Tribe were a Milwaukee Brewers affiliate ... Boasts more than three years of major league coaching experience from his stint as the Brewers' bullpen coach from 2009-12 ... Mentored the 2017 International League's Most Valuable Pitcher, Steven Brault.
Last season under Kyles, the Tribe were fourth in the International League with a 3.48 team ERA ... The Indianapolis pitching staff fell just 11 strikeouts shy of matching 2013's franchise record 1,153 punchouts, despite playing two fewer regular season games ... Helped lead relievers Dovydas Neverauskas, Edgar Santana and Angel Sanchez toward their major league debuts ... Oversaw development of starter Steven Brault, who was named the IL's Most Valuable Pitcher after going 10-5 with a league-best 1.94 ERA over 120.1 innings ... Has guided Tribe hurlers to a 3.29 ERA since 2015, the second-best mark in the International League in that span ... In 2015 under Kyles, Indianapolis led the IL with a 3.09 team ERA … The mark was the lowest of the Victory Field era and the team's best in the 26 years since the Tribe's 1989 American Association championship club recorded a 2.80 ERA … Helped limit Indians hurlers to a league-best 63 home runs allowed … Also served as Indians' pitching coach in 2004, when staff posted a 4.59 ERA and ranked tied for third in the IL in fewest homers/9.0 innings (0.9) and sixth in strikeouts (974) ... Mentored development of starter Ben Hendrickson that season, who was named the International League Most Valuable Pitcher after going 11-3 with a league-best 2.02 ERA over 125.0 innings.
PRIOR TO INDIANAPOLIS:
Began coaching career with Bend in the independent Western League in 1991 before working multi-year stints in the Chicago Cubs system (1992-93, 1997-2000) and Colorado Rockies organization (1994-96) ... Joined Milwaukee Brewers system in 2001 and coached across four levels of the organization from 2001-12 ... Milwaukee tenure included minor league stops as pitching coach of High-A High Desert (2001), Double-A Huntsville (2002-03), Triple-A Indianapolis (2004) and Triple-A Nashville (2005-08), plus a three-plus year stint in the big leagues as the Brewers' bullpen coach from 2009-12 ... Joined the Pirates organization as pitching coach of Double-A Altoona in 2013 ... Guided Curve pitching staff to fifth-best ERA (3.92) of 12-team Eastern League in 2013 and fourth-fewest homers allowed (86) in 2014.
Selected by the Chicago Cubs in the fourth round (90th overall) of the 1979 First-Year Player Draft out of Phillips High School in Chicago, Illinois ... Went 52-56 with a 3.86 ERA and 508 strikeouts (120 starts) over his 11-year minor league career ... Pitched in 946.1 innings over 279 minor league games … Played in minor league systems of Cubs (1979-83), Oakland A's (1984-87), Los Angeles Dodgers (1988), San Francisco Giants (1989) and Milwaukee Brewers (1989) ... Established career highs in starts (27), innings pitched (180.1) and complete games (8) in 1983 between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Iowa ... Acquired by the Oakland Athletics with a PTBNL (OF Stan Boderick) from the Cubs in exchange for right-hander Tim Stoddard on 3/26/84 (Stoddard went on to face the "We Are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1979 World Series while with Baltimore) … Signed by Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent in Nov. 1987 ... Split final pro campaign between Double-A Shreveport (SFG) and Double-A El Paso (MIL).
Tribe Hitting Coach
QUICK FACTS ON THE TRIBE HITTING COACH:
Name: Ryan Long
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Resides: Austin, TX
School: J. Frank Dobie (TX) High School
Minor League Instructor: 18th season
Pirates Organization: 10th season
Long is entering his 18th season of his professional coaching career and 10th within the Pirates organization ... Spent his first six seasons as a coach in the White Sox organization (2001-06) ... Was part of Kannapolis team that captured the South Atlantic League Championship in 2005 ... Served as hitting coach for two seasons (2007-08) with Single-A Burlington, an affiliate of the Royals at the time ... Joined the Pirates organization as a coach in 2009 with Double-A Altoona and won an Eastern League Championship there in 2010 ... Was the hitting coach for High-A Bradenton in 2011 and '15, sandwiching those one-year stints around a three-year hitting coach tenure with Altoona ... Spent the last two years as hitting coach for Single-A West Virginia.
Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the second round (45th overall) of the 1991 MLB June Amateur Draft ... Hit .222 (2-for-9) with two RBI in six major league games during the 1997 campaign with Kansas City, his lone season where he appeared in the big leagues ... His first major league hit and RBI came off future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson on July 18, 1997 ... 10-year career between Kansas City (1991-98), the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1999) and Chicago White Sox (2000) ... Was a lifetime .262 hitter (833-for-3,176) with 94 home runs and 440 RBI in 873 minor league games.
QUICK FACTS ON THE TRIBE TRAINER:
Name: Dru Scott
Birthplace: Lafayette, IN
Resides: Carmel, IN
School: Manchester (Ind.) College
Athletic Trainer: 10th season
Pirates Organization: 10th season
ATHLETIC TRAINING CAREER:
Dru Scott enters his 10th season as an athletic trainer in the Pittsburgh organization, his second at the Triple-A level ... Spent the 2015-16 seasons with Double-A Altoona after working the previous three years in High-A Bradenton ... Also spent two seasons (2010-2011) with Single-A West Virginia after working with the Gulf Coast League Pirates in Bradenton, FL in 2009.
A native of Indiana, Scott received a degree in athletic training from Manchester (Ind.) College in 2007 ... Is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Certified Exercise Specialist and a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) ... Spent two years (2007-2008) working for Unity Sports Medicine, which covers West Lafayette High School.
Tribe Strength & Conditioning Coach
QUICK FACTS ON THE TRIBE STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH:
Name: Alan Burr
Birthplace: Roanoke Rapids, NC
Resides: Clay, NY
School: Appalachian State University
Strength & Conditioning Coach: 6th season
Pirates Organization: 6th season
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHING CAREER:
This will be Burr's sixth season with the Pirates organization, his second with the Indians ... Previously worked with Altoona in 2016 and 2014, the Bradenton Marauders in 2015 and the West Virginia Power in 2013 ... Spent six years in the collegiate ranks prior to entering Minor League Baseball ... Was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Florida International University in 2011-2012 and worked at Central State University from 2008-2011 ... Served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach intern during the summer of 2008 at the Georgia Institute of Technology ... Also served as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Appalachian State University from 2006-2008 ... Began his strength and conditioning coaching career at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in summer of 2006.
Is certified and a registered strength and conditioning coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association along with being a member of the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coach Society ... Is a 2008 graduate of Appalachian State University, where he received a master's degree in exercise science ... Also a 2005 graduate of East Carolina University, where he received a bachelor's degree in exercise science ... Resides in Clay, NY, with his wife Erin ... Has two sons, Carter (3) and Weston (8/8/16).