December 15, 2011 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Kannapolis Intimidators
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (December 15, 2011) - Former Chicago White Sox draft pick Julio Vinas has been named manager of the Kannapolis Intimidators, Class A Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, for the 2012 season. Vinas joins pitching coach Jose Bautista, hitting coach Robert Sasser, athletic trainer Scott Johnson and strength and conditioning coach Tim Rodmaker as the field staff for the 18th season of baseball in Kannapolis.
Julio Vinas Vinas, 38, returns for his second season as a minor league manager for the White Sox. The Florida native managed the Class A-Advanced Winston-Salem Dash to a 69-71 record in 2011. Prior to joining Chicago's minor league staff, Vinas spent 10 years with the Baltimore Orioles, including six years as the team's minor-league hitting coordinator from 2005-2010.
The White Sox drafted Vinas in the 33rd round of the 1991 free agent draft, and he played 11 minor-league seasons with the White Sox, Orioles, Red Sox and Indians organizations, hitting .264 with 84 home runs and 504 RBI over 896 career games.
Jose Bautista Pitching coach Jose Bautista returns to Kannapolis for his second year on the Intimidators coaching staff. Bautista guided Intimidators pitchers to the third-lowest ERA (3.67) and fifth-lowest walk total (399) in the South Atlantic League in 2011. Bautista, 47, enters his fifth season with the White Sox organization, having served as the Latin Roving Instructor from 2009-2010 and the pitching coach for the Advanced Rookie Bristol White Sox in 2008. Before joining Chicago's minor-league staff, Bautista was a minor-league pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals for seven years (2001-2007).
Robert Sasser With six seasons as a hitting coach in the White Sox system already under his belt, Robert Sasser joins the Kannapolis Intimidators staff in 2012. A 13-year veteran of minor league baseball, Sasser began his coaching career as the hitting coach of Double-A Birmingham in 2006. He also served as hitting coach for Great Falls in 2007 and 2011 and for Winston-Salem from 2008-2010. Sasser enjoyed a cup of coffee in the Major Leagues, appearing as a pinch-hitter for Texas against the White Sox in 1998.
Scott Johnson Scott Johnson returns for his second season as the Kannapolis head trainer and his 24th with the White Sox. Prior to joining the Intimidators in 2011, Johnson spent the previous 13 seasons with Chicago's Triple-A affiliate - 12 years with Charlotte and one at Calgary.
Tim Rodmaker Tim Rodmaker returns to the Intimidators as the Conditioning Coach after spending the last two seasons with Advanced Rookie Great Falls. Rodmaker, 29, enters his seventh year as a conditioning coach with the White Sox organization. He served as Kannapolis' Conditioning Coach from 2007-2009.
The Intimidators open the 2012 season - the 18th year of professional baseball in Kannapolis - at home on Thursday, April 5, 2012 against the Hickory Crawdads. The Intimidators drew 138,487 fans in 2011, setting a new franchise attendance record. For 2012 ticket information, please call the box office at (704) 932-3267 or visit www.IntimidatorsBaseball.com .