Manager Mickey Storey
The 2020 season marks Mickey Storey's second as Manager of the Round Rock Express. Storey led the E-Train to one of the franchise's most successful seasons in club history during his first year at the helm in 2019, finishing the regular season with an 84-56 record, the best of any Triple-A club. His team captured the American Southern Division Championship and returned to the Pacific Coast League playoffs for the first time since 2015. Under Storey's guidance, Round Rock topped Iowa in the American Conference Championship Series before falling to Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League Championship Series.
The 33-year-old skipper began his managerial career with the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits in 2018, where he led his squad to an 81-59 record, the second-best mark in the Midwest League and the club's second highest win total since 2015. Prior to his time in Quad Cities, Storey served as the Development Coach with the Class A-Advanced Buies Creek Astros in 2017, his first season coaching within the Houston Astros organization. Before transitioning into a coaching role, the former right-handed pitcher had a nine-year professional playing career from 2008-2016. He made his major league debut with the Astros in 2012, posting a 3.86 ERA in 26 appearances with the club. He also pitched at the major league level with Toronto in 2013.
Storey was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he attended nearby Deerfield Beach High School before moving on to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He was drafted twice in his career, first by the Minnesota Twins in the 22nd round of the 2007 MLB Draft and again by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round of the 2008 MLB Draft.
During his nine-year professional career, Storey pitched at every level of affiliated baseball, including stints with Sacramento and Oklahoma City in the Pacific Coast League. He spent time in the Athletics (2008-2011), Astros (2011-2012), Blue Jays (2011-2012) and Dodgers (2015) organizations in addition to posting winter ball stints in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela. He finished his playing career in 2016 following two seasons with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. In total, the righty amassed a career 3.52 ERA in 385 games.
Pitching Coach Drew French
French is in his second season as Round Rock's Pitching Coach after a successful debut with the club in 2019. Under his guidance, Express pitchers finished second in the Pacific Coast League with 12 shoutout victories while also combining to set a new franchise record with 1,265 strikeouts on the year.
Prior to joining Round Rock, French helped build a pair of championship clubs, serving as the Pitching Coach for the Class A-Advanced Carolina League Champion Buies Creek Astros in 2018 as well as the Class A Midwest League Champion Quad Cities River Bandits in 2017. He began his Astros coaching career with the Short Season Tri-City Valley Cats in 2016.
A native of Austin, French attended Stephen F. Austin High School and Concordia University, graduating in 2006 with a degree in marketing and management. He was named a three-time Academic All-Southwestern Conference selection during his playing career at Concordia. The 36-year-old served as Director of Baseball Operations for the University of Alabama from 2009-2011 before acting as the Pitching Coach at Florida International University from 2012-2013 and Lee University from 2014-2015.
Hitting Coach Ben Rosenthal
After leading the Express to a variety of franchise records in 2019, Ben Rosenthal is currently in his second season as the team's Hitting Coach. Under Rosenthal's tutelage, Round Rock hitters set new club records for most runs scored, most home runs, most RBI, highest OBP, highest SLG, highest OPS as well as several other offensive categories in 2019. E-Train sluggers also worked the second-most walks in the Pacific Coast League during Rosenthal's first year as the team's Hitting Coach.
Before joining the Express, Rosenthal served as the Hitting Coach for championship clubs in each of his first two seasons within the Houston Astros organization, the Class A-Advanced Carolina League Champion Buies Creek Astros in 2018 as well as the Class A Midwest League Champion Quad Cities River Bandits in 2017. The former catcher posted a four-year professional career, including two seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system and two seasons in the independent leagues. The 40-year-old last suited up for the El Paso Diablos in 2006 before transitioning into a coaching role.
Rosenthal previously served as an assistant coach at Universal City High School in San Diego before moving on to Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. He moved back to San Diego in 2013 to serve as Head Coach for Mira Mesa High School. His last coaching position before joining the Astros was at Point Loma Nazarene University from 2014-2016.
Originally born in Phoenix, Rosenthal grew up in Las Vegas, where he attended Green Valley High School. After two years of playing junior college baseball at Riverside City College, he transferred to San Diego State University, where he completed his degree in kinesiology with a supplement in introductory sciences. He later earned a master's degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University.
Development Coach Ryan Engels
Ryan Engels is making his Triple-A debut in 2020 as Round Rock's Development Coach. He previously served as the Performance Coach for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks in 2019, his first season within the Houston Astros organization. Prior to his time in Corpus Christi, Engels spent the 2018 season as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Seattle Mariners' Rookie-level Arizona League club. Engels was a performance specialist at the Center for Athletic Performance and Physical Therapy from 2017-2018 after serving as a biomechanics laboratory assistant at South Dakota State University form 2015-2017.
A native of Watertown, South Dakota, Engels received his master's degree in health and nutritional sciences from South Dakota State University, where he also worked as a strength and conditioning graduate student volunteer for the athletic department. He received his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2015, where he played college baseball, winning the Myles Brand All-Academic Distinction Award and lettering in all four years at the university.
Athletic Trainer John Gregorich
The 2020 season marks John Gregorich's second season as the Athletic Trainer for the Express, as well as his seventh in the Astros organization. Prior to joining the E-Train, Gregorich served as the Athletic Trainer for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks in 2018, the Class A-Advanced Buies Creek Astros in 2017, the Short Season Tri-City Valley Cats from 2015-2016 and for the Rookie-level Greeneville Astros in 2014, where he was named the PBATS Appalachian League Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Before joining the Houston Astros organization, Gregorich was a sports medicine intern for the Cleveland Indians in 2013. He also interned with the Indians' Class A affiliate, the Lake County Captains, in 2012. Gregorich served as a graduate student assistant for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga during the 2012 football season, where he received his master's degree in athletic training. He previously earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Bellarmine University.
Strength & Conditioning Coach Hazael Wessin
Hazael Wessin joined the Round Rock coaching staff in 2020 after serving as the Houston Astros' Latin America Strength and Conditioning Coordinator in 2019. Wessin has spent five previous seasons within the Astros organization, winning the Class A-Advanced Carolina League Championship with the Buies Creek Astros in 2018 as well as the Class A Midwest League Championship with the Quad Cities River Bandits in 2017. During his first two years in the organization, Wessin served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the Astros' Dominican Summer League complex in 2015 and 2016.
Prior to joining the Houston Astros, Wessin assisted the Boston Red Sox in their Dominican Summer League operations in 2014. He received his bachelor's degree in sport management from Faulkner University in 2014 after receiving his associate of arts degree in liberal arts from Western Oklahoma State College in 2012. While at Western Oklahoma State, Wessin played on the baseball team, where he helped capture the 2011 NJCAA National Championship.