(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced their minor league managerial and coaching assignments for the 2015 season. The announcement was made by Larry Broadway, Pirates Director of Minor League Operations.
Michael Ryan will manage the Bradenton Marauders in the team’s sixth season. Ryan, the fifth manager in franchise history, succeeds Tom Prince, who will manage the Double-A Altoona Curve in 2015. Ryan managed the Class A West Virginia Power in 2013 and 2014. He helped guide the Power to a franchise record in wins in 2013. His two-year managerial record stands at 136-139. This is Ryan’s third season coaching in the Pirates organization.
Scott Elarton joins the Marauders as pitching coach for 2015. Elarton is in his second season with the Pirates organization. He instructed the Gulf Coast League Pirates hurlers in 2014.
Ryan Long will be the Marauders hitting coach for the second time in his coaching career. Long is in his seventh season with the Pirates organization. He last coached the Marauders in 2011, before spending each of the last three seasons in the same role with Altoona.
Miguel Perez rounds out the Marauders coaching staff. Perez was a member of Ryan’s West Virginia coaching staff last season.
Ryan, Elarton, Long, and Perez all bring Major League playing experience to the Marauders. Ryan played professionally for 15 seasons, including parts of five seasons in the Majors with the Twins and Angels. Elarton, a first round draft selection in 1994, spent 10 seasons in the Majors with Houston, Colorado, Cleveland, and Kansas City. Long played 10 professional seasons, reaching the Majors with Kansas City in 1997. He collected his first Major League hit against 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Randy Johnson. Perez highlighted a 12-year playing career by appearing in the Major Leagues with the Reds in 2005.
Ryan, Elarton, and Perez all played in the Florida State League during their minor league careers. Coming up in the Twins organization, Ryan spent the 1999 season with the Fort Myers Miracle. Elarton won 12 games with the Kissimmee Cobras in 1996 as a member of the Astros organization. Perez caught for the Sarasota Reds in 2005 and played in the Florida State League All-Star Game as a Cincinnati farmhand.
Justin Ahrens will be the Marauders athletic trainer. Alan Burr will be the team’s strength and conditioning coach.
The first Marauders game at McKechnie Field in 2015 is on Saturday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the Bradenton Marauders, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.
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