2020 Las Vegas Aviators Triple-A Field Staff
Fran Riordan - Manager
BORN: 8/25/75 - Virginia Beach, VA
AVIATORS SUMMARY: Fran Riordan, on November 8, 2018, was named the 25th manager in the history of the Las Vegas franchise (1983 - present, 37 seasons).
CAREER SUMMARY: **Named 2019 PCL Manager of the Year on August 27** - He has recorded 19 seasons overall in professional baseball and has been a member of the Oakland Athletics organization for the past five seasons (2015-19). Riordan has compiled an overall managerial record over 19 regular seasons of 1,024-982 (.510). In 2019, he led Triple-A Las Vegas to the second-best record in the 16-team PCL (83-57, .593) and the Aviators captured the Pacific Southern Division Championship. In 2018, he made his Triple-A debut as manager with the Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League and compiled an overall record of 72-68 (.514) and finished in second place in the American Southern Division to the PCL and Triple-A National Champion, the Memphis Redbirds. Nashville compiled a PCL-best 15-game winning streak from July 29 - August 14.
In 2017, he compiled a record of 67-71 (.486) with Double-A Midland and his squad captured the Texas League Championship. The prior two seasons, he was the skipper of Single-A Beloit of the Midwest League (2015-16). Before joining the Oakland organization, Riordan spent four seasons as manager of the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League (2011-14). He led the team to two playoff berths and is the all-time Frontier League leader in wins with 625. He was a 2014 Frontier League Hall of Fame inductee. Prior to his time with Florence, he managed the Northern League's Lake County Fielders (2010) and Kalamazoo Kings for six seasons (2004-09), leading the Kings to the 2005 Frontier League title. He was named the 2008 Frontier League Manager of the Year. He also served as player-manager in the Frontier League from 2000-02, leading the Richmond Roosters to back-to-back-league championships in 2001 and 2002.
PROFESSIONAL PLAYING CAREER: The first baseman/outfielder played seven seasons of professional baseball in the Frontier League with Richmond (1997-98, 2001-02), Dubois County (1999-2000) and North Shore (2003). He appeared in 501 career games and batted .281 (525-for-1,869) with 95 doubles, 11 triples, 55 home runs and 349 RBI. He was a three-time All-Star (first base) from 2000-02 and hit a career-high .314 with Dubois County (2000) and Richmond (2002). He established career-highs in home runs (14, 2001) and RBI (81, 2002).
PERSONAL: Francis Peter Riordan (pronounced REAR-den). Fran, 44, resides in Buffalo, N.Y. The Virginia Beach, Virginia native attended Canisius High School in Buffalo and played college baseball at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. Fran and his wife, Cassie, have three children: Brooke, Sadie and Trent.
Todd Steverson - Hitting Coach
BORN: 11/15/71 - Los Angeles, CA
CAREER SUMMARY: He joins the Triple-A Las Vegas staff after serving as hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox for the last six seasons (2014-19). He has an extensive coaching career that spans 21 years. He also served as Oakland's first base coach for two seasons (2009-10).
MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: He returns to the Oakland Athletics where he spent nine seasons in the organization: manager of Single-A Stockton of the California League (2005-06), manager of Double-A Midland of the Texas League (2007) and manager of Triple-A Sacramento (83-61 record, .576 in 2008) and were PCL and Triple-A champions, A's first base coach (2009-10), hitting coach for Triple-A Sacramento (2011), minor league hitting instructor (2012-13). He compiled a four-year managerial record (2005-08) of 297-264 (.529).
He also spent five seasons in the St. Louis organization and served as hitting coach with Single-A Potomac (1999, 2001-02), Single-A Peoria (2000) and Single-A Palm Beach (2003).
PROFESSIONAL PLAYING CAREER: Steverson was selected by Toronto in the first round (25th overall) of the June 1992 First-Year Player Draft. He played professionally for seven seasons (1992-98) which included two Major League seasons with Detroit (1995) and San Diego (1996) and appeared in 31 career ML games and batted .256 (11-for-43) with two home runs and 6 RBI. He was a member of the 1996 Triple-A Las Vegas Stars and appeared in 100 games and batted .239 (72-for-301) with 16 doubles, 12 home runs and 50 RBI.
COLLEGE: He attended Arizona State University from 1990-92, where he was teammates with outfielder Mike Kelly, the second overall pick in the 1991 draft, and pitcher Sean Lowe, the 15th selection in 1992.
PERSONAL: Todd Anthony Steverson. He is a 1989 graduate of Culver City (Calif.) High School and is the cousin of former American League All-Star outfielder Ron LeFlore, who played for Detroit (1974-79), Montreal (1980), Chicago White Sox (1981-82). Todd, 48, resides in Phoenix, Ariz., with his wife, Theresa, and have two children: Joya and Jaryn.
Rick Rodriguez - Pitching Coach
BORN: 9/21/60 - Oakland, CA
CAREER SUMMARY: Rodriguez has enjoyed a long-time professional career and completed his 35th year in the Oakland Athletics organization (in 2019), including seven seasons as a player and 26 as a minor league coach. In 2019, he also completed his fourth straight season as pitching coach for the A's Triple-A affiliate (Nashville, 2016-18; Las Vegas, 2019). He served as the A's bullpen coach from 2011-12.
MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: Rodriguez returned for his fourth season (2016 - present) of his fourth stint as pitching coach of the A's top affiliate after previously serving in that capacity from 2000-02, 2004-10 and 2013-14 (Triple-A Sacramento's pitching coach in 12 of the previous 20 seasons, 2000-19). He was a member of two Pacific Coast League championship teams in 2004 and 2007. He also served as pitching coach for Single-A Stockton of the California League in 2015, as the A's bullpen coach from 2011-12 and as the manager of Single-A Modesto in 2003. Prior to becoming pitching coach for Sacramento in 2000, he coached for rookie-level Arizona League A's (1992), Short-Season Southern Oregon (1993-94) and Single-A Modesto (1995-99).
MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYING CAREER: He was selected by Oakland in the second round of the June 1981 First-Year Player Draft. He played four seasons in the Major Leagues with Oakland (1986-87), Cleveland (1988) and San Francisco (1990). The right-hander appeared in 31 career games (started eight) and posted a 3-4 record with a 5.73 ERA. He struck out 22 batters in 77.0 innings pitched. His playing career concluded in 1991 when he made three appearances for Triple-A Phoenix in the Giants organization. He appeared in 190 career minor league games (started 134) and posted a 52-41 record with a 3.89 ERA. He struck out 495 batters in 942.2 innings pitched.
PERSONAL: Rick Rodriguez. The East Bay, California native was born in Oakland and graduated from Castro Valley High School in 1978. He attended Chabot Junior College in Hayward and the University of California, Riverside (1981, 11-3 record) and was named to the Castro Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Rick, 58, resides in Folsom, Calif., with his wife, Dana, and have two children: Rachel and Ryan.
Hiram Bocachica - Coach
BORN: 3/4/76 - Ponce, Puerto
CAREER SUMMARY: Bocachica joins the Triple-A Las Vegas staff as coach after spending the 2019 season as manager of the Arizona A's Gold rookie-level team (31-25 record, .554). He previously served as a traveling instructor for the Oakland Athletics in 2018. Prior to joining the A's organization, he served as hitting and third base coach for Santurce Crabbers of the Professional Baseball Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico in 2017.
MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYING CAREER: He was selected in the first round of the 1994 First-Year Player Draft by the Montreal Expos. He signed as a free agent on November 22, 2004 by the Oakland Athletics and played a total of eight seasons in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2000-02), Detroit (2002-03), Seattle (2004), A's (2005-07) and San Diego (.2007). The outfielder/infielder appeared in 272 career games and batted .215 (115-for-535) with 28 doubles, 15 home runs, 37 RBI and 16 stolen bases. After retirement in 2012, he started working as a player agent until 2016 when he started working with the MLB Development Program in Puerto Rico.
PERSONAL: Hiram Colon Bocachica. The native of Ponce, Puerto Rico resides in Bayamon, Puerto Rico with his wife, Jocelyn Adorno, two daughters, Aliyah Lyam and Sofia Lyam, and son, Hiram III.
Matt Rutledge - Strength & Conditoning Coach
Matt Rutledge will enter his sixth season in the Oakland Athletics organization and his first season with Triple-A Las Vegas as strength and conditioning coach. He spent the previous two seasons (2018-19) as the A's minor league assistant strength and conditioning coordinator.
Rutledge earned a B.S. in Community Health Sciences from the University of Nevada in 2013 and is a native of Carson City, Nevada.
Justin Whitehouse - Athletic Trainer
Justin Whitehouse will enter his 20th season in the Oakland Athletics organization and his first campaign with Triple-A Las Vegas as athletic trainer. He served as athletic trainer for the past 12 seasons (2008-19) with Double-A Midland of the Texas League. He spent five seasons with Single-A Kane County (2003-07) and two years with Single-A Visalia (2001-02). He was named Midwest League Athletic Trainer of the year in 2007.
Whitehouse earned his degree in health education at the University of Nevada and received his master's in physical education, with an emphasis in athletic training and biomechanics, at San Diego State. He interned with the San Francisco 49ers during spring and summer training camps in 1997 and 1998.
Originally from Stockton, Calif., Whitehouse resides in Reno, Nev. with his wife, Susan, and children, Cassandra and Lance.
Tony Leo - Assistant Athletic Trainer
Tony begins his first season in the Oakland Athletics organization. He previously served 23 seasons in the Minnesota Twins organization with the past two seasons (2018-19) as Head Athletic Trainer.
Leo was the trainer for Double-A New Britain from 2002-04 and was named the 2003 Eastern League All-Star Trainer. In 2005, Leo was promoted to Triple-A Rochester of the International League and was selected by MLB to work the Arizona Fall League. He served as the Triple-A trainer from 2005-10 and selected as the Triple-A All-Star Game trainer in 2009. He served as the Twins major league Assistant Athletic Trainer from 2011-17. He is also a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) through the Gray Institute.
Leo attended Bowling Green State University, where he received his B.S. in Sports Management with an Athletic Training emphasis. A native of Salem, OH, he began his career in 1997 with the GCL Twins. He was hired full time in 1998 and served as the trainer for Rookie Elizabethton. He was promoted to Single-A Quad Cities, where he spent the 2000-01 season.
Tony, his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Olivia, live in Schaumburg, IL.