QUICK FACTS ON THE TRIBE MANAGER:
Name: Brian Esposito
Born: 2/24/79 (40 years old)
Birthplace: Staten Island, N.Y.
Resides: Sarasota, FL
College: University of Connecticut
Manager: 6th season
Pirates Organization: 7th Season
COACHING & MANAGING CAREER:
Esposito is in his sixth season as a manager in the Pirates organization, his second in Indianapolis … was named to the position on 1/16/18 … Has posted a record of 306-262 (.539) in five years as a minor league manager … Began his coaching career in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2013 as a player/coach for 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.
2018 IN INDIANAPOLIS:
Led the Indians to a 73-67 record in 2018, marking the 12th time in 18 seasons where Indy has finished above .500 as Pittsburgh's top affiliate ... Club finished in a tie for second with Columbus in the International League West Division, just a half-game back of Toledo ... Also came up 1.0 game short of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the IL Wild Card race ... Team was a season-high 8.5 games behind Toledo on 6/2/18 before a 37-23 stretch to 8/4/18 that staked Indy with a 4.5-game division lead ... Sent nine players to Pittsburgh for their MLB debuts, including pitchers Tanner Anderson, Nick Burdi, Clay Holmes, Nick Kingham and Alex McRae, and position players Kevin Kramer, Austin Meadows, Kevin Newman and Pablo Reyes ... Earned his 300th career win as manager on 8/18/18 at Lehigh Valley.
Selected by the Red Sox in the fifth round (152nd overall) of the 2000 MLB 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 MLB 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|| |
|2018||Indianapolis||International (Triple-A)||73||67||.521||T-2nd|| |
|CAREER TOTALS:||306||262||.539||POSTSEASON RECORD (winning percentage): |
Tribe Pitching Coach
QUICK FACTS ON THE TRIBE PITCHING COACH:
Name: Bryan Hickerson
Born: 10/13/63 (55 years old)
Birthplace: Bemidji, Minn.
Resides: Warsaw, Ind.
School: University of Minnesota
Minor League Instructor: 5th Season
Pirates Organization: 3rd Season
Began coaching career in the San Francisco Giants system (1997-98), making one-year stops at High-A Bakersfield and High-A San Jose ... Ten of Bakersfield's 62 wins in 1997 were shutouts, second most in the California League ... His '97 staff also collected 35 saves, tied for fourth most in the league ... Guided San Jose's staff in 1998 to league bests in ERA (3.58), saves (46), WHIP (1.28), fewest walks (396) and shutouts (T-1st, 11) ... That staff also allowed 77 home runs, second fewest in the league ... Tutored Ryan Vogelsong and Joe Nathan while with San Jose ... Joined the Pirates organization as pitching coach for Double-A Altoona in 2017 ... The Curve's 2017 staff finished among team leaders in the Eastern League in fewest homers allowed (1st, 82), saves (2nd, 46), ERA (3rd, 3.67), strikeouts (4th, 1046) and batting average against (4th, .259) ... 2018 Curve staff ranked among leaders in batting average against (2nd, .240), saves (T-2nd, 39), WHIP (T-2nd, 1.28) shutouts (T-2nd, 11), ERA (4th, 3.85) and fewest homers allowed (4th, 103).
Selected by the Minnesota Twins in the seventh round (169th overall) of the 1986 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Minnesota ... Was also selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth round (228th overall) of the 1985 MLB Amateur Draft but did not sign ... Traded from Minnesota to San Francisco on 6/15/87 as the PTBNL in a 3/31/87 swap that saw RHP Jose Dominguez and RHP Ray Velasquez shipped to the Giants in exchange for OF Dan Gladden and RHP David Blakley ... Had a perfect 11-0 record and 1.24 ERA (13er/94.0ip) in 17 games (10 starts) for Single-A Clinton in 1987 ... Made his MLB debut with San Francisco on 7/25/91 and struck out two of the three Mets batters he faced ... Earned his first MLB win on 8/31/91 vs. St. Louis ... Spent five seasons in the majors with the Giants (1991-94), Cubs (1995) and Rockies (1995) and went 21-21 with two saves, a 4.72 ERA (212er/404.1ip) and 279 strikeouts in 209 games (36 starts) ... Went 34-26 with a 3.13 ERA (166er/477.0ip) and 456 strikeouts in 127 games (55 starts) in the minor leagues ... Received his bachelor's degree in sport and exercise science ... 1982 graduate of Bemidji (Minn.) High School, where he played baseball and basketball.
Tribe Hitting Coach
QUICK FACTS ON THE TRIBE HITTING COACH:
Name: Ryan Long
Born: 2/3/73 (46 years old)
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Resides: Austin, Texas
School: J. Frank Dobie (Texas) High School
Minor League Instructor: 19th season
Pirates Organization: 11th season
Long is entering his 19th season of his professional coaching career, 11th within the Pirates organization and second in Indianapolis ... Spent his first six seasons as a coach in the White Sox organization (2001-06) ... Was part of Single-A 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 2016-17 seasons as hitting coach for Single-A West Virginia.
2018 IN INDIANAPOLIS:
Indy's offense led all International League teams in batting average (.271), hits (1251), doubles (310), on-base percentage (.335), OPS (.753) and batting average with runners in scoring position (.269) ... The Indians also ranked second in the league in runs scored (625), RBI (594), total bases (1933), fewest strikeouts (1044), stolen bases (111) and slugging percentage (.418) ... Indy had never led the IL in batting average and hadn't led its respective league in batting average since 1978 (.286 in the American Association) ... The club's 310 two-baggers ranked second in all of Minor League Baseball behind Triple-A Las Vegas' 313 ... Kevin Kramer (T-2nd, .311), Kevin Newman (4th, .302) and Pablo Reyes (T-8th, .289) all ranked among the top 10 IL qualifiers in batting average
Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the second round (45th overall) of the 1991 MLB 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 7/18/97 ... 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-3176) with 94 home runs and 440 RBI in 873 minor league games.
QUICK FACTS ON THE TRIBE TRAINER:
Name: Dru Scott
Born: 1/2/85 (34 years old)
Birthplace: Mulberry, Ind.
Resides: Fort Wayne, Ind.
School: Manchester (Ind.) College
Athletic Trainer: 11th season
Pirates Organization: 11th season
ATHLETIC TRAINING CAREER:
Dru Scott enters his 11th season as an athletic trainer in the Pittsburgh organization, his third with Indianapolis ... Spent the 2015-16 seasons with Double-A Altoona after working the previous three years in High-A Bradenton ... Also spent two seasons (2010-11) with Single-A West Virginia after working with the Gulf Coast League Pirates in Bradenton, Fla. 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 Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) ... Spent two years (2007-08) 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
Born: 9/26/83 (35 years old)
Birthplace: Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
Resides: Clay, N.Y.
School: Appalachian State University
Strength & Conditioning Coach: 7th season
Pirates Organization: 7th season
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHING CAREER:
This will be Burr's seventh season with the Pirates organization, his third with the Indians ... Previously worked with Double-A Altoona in 2016 and 2014, High-A Bradenton in 2015 and Single-A West Virginia 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 2011-12 and worked at Central Connecticut 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 2006-08 ... Began his strength and conditioning coaching career at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in summer of 2006.
Is a certified and registered strength and conditioning coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is 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, N.Y., with his wife Erin ... Has two sons; Carter (5) and Weston (2).