Inland Empire 66ers, Los Angeles Angels Name 2019 Field Staff
San Bernardino, CA - The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, in conjunction with its parent-club the Los Angeles Angels, announced the 2019 Sixers' Field Staff on Monday. Ryan Barba will serve as Field Manager for the second consecutive year. San Manuel Stadium's third-base dugout will house a balance of experienced Inland Empire veterans with newcomers on Opening Night April 4th.
Barba, a Chatsworth, CA native went 67-73 in his first year at the helm after spending the five prior seasons moving up in the Angels' organization as a hitting coach. He served in that capacity at every stateside level in the Angels chain from rookie ball through double-A between 2013 and 2017. The 67 wins in '18 was the Sixers' second-highest win-total as an Angels' affiliate behind its California League title-year of 2013 (69 wins). His minor league playing career began in 2006 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization and finished in 2010 as a member of the Atlanta chain.
Barba's returning staff will consist of First Base Coach Steven Hernandez and Athletic Trainer Yusuke Takahashi. Hernandez is a Highland resident who serves as an Angels' amateur scout; the former longtime Inland Empire Area High School coach, is the longest tenured staff member as he enters his ninth year. Takahashi returns to his duties in San Bernardino for his fourth season. Pitching Coach Michael Wuertz, who had that role for the 66ers in 2016 and 2017, comes back the fold after spending last season with the Advance-Rookie Level Orem Owlz.
Brand new to the staff and the Angels' organization is Hitting Coach Derek Florko. He joins the Halos after a stint as the Manager of Hitting for the AXE bat company. Also coming to the club is Defensive Coach Todd Cunningham. The former Major League outfielder was a second-round pick of the Braves out of Jacksonville (AL) State in 2010 and just completed a playing career that saw MLB time Atlanta in 2013 and 2015 as well as 20 games with the Halos in 2016. Strength and Conditioning Coach Ryan Orr rounds out the staff after joining the Angels from the Univ. of Arkansas.
"The Angels always send us diligent staffs that are easy to work with and help players become their best selves on the field; this year looks no different," 66ers General Manager Joe Hudson said. "This staff seems to be a great mix of the Angels' commitment to continuity but also a glimpse at the evolution of coaching on the minor league level."
Season seat memberships as well as group outings can currently be booked by calling the 66ers front office at 909-888-9922 or visiting www.66ers.com. Ask about the 2019 California League All-Star Game.
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