After a championship season a year ago, the Lynchburg Hillcats, in conjunction with the
Cleveland Indians, announced a brand new coaching staff on Thursday.
Leading the club in 2018 will be manager Rouglas Odor. Tony Arnold will join the team
as the Hillcats' pitching coach, Justin Toole will take over as the club's hitting coach and
Grant Fink will serve as the bench coach.
Odor, 49, is entering his 18 th year coaching in the Indians organization. The former
shortstop played in the minor leagues for the Indians from 1988-1994 and for the
Milwaukee Brewers organization in 1995. Although he has not managed since 2008,
Odor brings a decade of skipper experience to Lynchburg. He led San Felipe in the
Venezuelan Summer League for two seasons from 1999-2000, the Burlington Indians for
four seasons from 2001-2004, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers for two years from 2005-
2006 and the Gulf Coast League Indians for two campaigns from 2007-2008. The
Maracaibo, Venezuela native spent the past three seasons as the hitting coach for the
Columbus Clippers, Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate.
"The entire Hillcats organization is excited about having Rouglas Odor as our new
manager in 2018," Hillcats General Manager Ronnie Roberts said. "He has lots of
experience in professional baseball as a player, coach and manager."
Arnold, 58, returns to Lynchburg after serving as the pitching coach for the Hillcats in
2015. The former right-handed pitcher played collegiately at the University of Texas and
was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 10 th round (258 th overall) in the 1981 MLB
Draft. The El Paso, Texas native played in parts of two major league seasons with the
Orioles in 1986 and 1987. He appeared in 38 total games in relief, accumulating a 0-2
record with a 5.06 ERA in 78.1 innings pitched. Arnold has coached in the Indians
organization since 1992 and most recently was pitching coach of the Akron
RubberDucks, Cleveland's Double-A affiliate, for the past two seasons.
Toole, 31, is entering his first year on Lynchburg's coaching staff and third in the Indians
organization. The former infielder played in parts of seven minor league seasons with
Cleveland from 2009-2015, reaching Triple-A Columbus. The Council Bluffs, Iowa
native worked as the hitting coach last year for Single-A Lake County.
Fink, 27, will join the Hillcats as bench coach for the first time in 2018, entering his
second season as a coach in the Indians organization. The former infielder was drafted by
Cleveland in the 23 rd round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Missouri Western State
University. A native of St. Joseph, Mo., Fink played in parts of three minor league
seasons for the Indians from 2013-2015, reaching Single-A Lake County. Fink was the
bench coach last season for Rookie-Level Mahoning Valley.
"The Cleveland Indians have provided us with some outstanding coaches and managers
for the past 3 seasons and 2018 will be no exception," Roberts said. "We look forward to
a great season with Rouglas and his coaching staff leading the way."
Bobby Ruiz returns to Lynchburg for his fourth season as the team's athletic trainer. Eric
Ortego joins the Hillcats as the team's strength and conditioning coach after holding the
same position last year with Single-A Lake County.
For information about tickets for the 2018 season to watch the Hillcats defend their
Carolina League Championship, fans can either call (434) 528-1144 or visit the Hillcats
Box Office Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.