LANSING, Mich. - The Lansing Lugnuts field staff is complete for the 25th anniversary season of baseball in downtown Lansing, announced in concert with the Toronto Blue Jays.Leading the charge is Venezuelan-born manager Luis Hurtado , the 16th manager in Lansing Lugnuts history and the first ever former player to
LANSING, Mich. - The Lansing Lugnuts field staff is complete for the 25th anniversary season of baseball in downtown Lansing, announced in concert with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Leading the charge is Venezuelan-born manager Luis Hurtado , the 16th manager in Lansing Lugnuts history and the first ever former player to manage the team. The 31-year-old Hurtado was a catcher for the Nuts from July 8-August 24, 2011, playing in four games. In total, he played 129 games in the Blue Jays' minor-league system, rising as high as Triple-A in a seven-year career. Hurtado managed the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in 2017 and 2018 before skippering the Advanced-Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays last season. He has served unofficially as the Lugnuts' manager once before, managing the Nuts to victory at the 2018 Crosstown Showdown.
Hurtado's staff includes returning position coach Dave Pano, entering his third consecutive season with the Lugnuts; first-year pitching coach Phil Cundari, the 2011 National Pitching Coach of the Year, who joins the Blue Jays' system after two years at Rutgers University and 17 years with Seton Hall; and first-year hitting coach Ryan Wright, who joins the MiLB ranks after three years at Montana State-Billings University. Wright played his college ball at Louisville, was drafted in the 5th round by the Reds in 2011, and hit into a triple play against the Lugnuts on May 14th, 2012, as a member of the Dayton Dragons.
Off the field, athletic trainer Hiroki Yoshimoto will return to Lansing for his second season with the club. He joined the Jays in 2017 after working with Arkansas State. Strength & Conditioning coach Casey Callison enters his first year in Lansing after working with the GCL Blue Jays in 2018 and spending last season in Bluefield with Hurtado. First-year dietitian Kara Terry fills out the staff, a recent masters graduate of Auburn University in Sports Nutrition.
The Lugnuts start the 2020 season with a six-game road trip before opening their home schedule at Cooley Law School Stadium on Thursday, April 16th, at 6:05 p.m. against Dayton.
For more information, call (517) 485-4500 or visit LansingLugnuts.com.