The Toronto Blue Jays have rounded out its minor league managing and coaching staffs for the 2017 season. The most notable move sees Blue Jays legend Devon White (or Whyte) becoming the new hitting coach of the Buffalo Bisons.
Devon White will be in charge of the Blue Jays Triple-A hitters in 2017.
White will team up with pitching coach Bob Stanley and position coach Aaron Matthews on the Bisons staff.
At the Double-A level, Gary Allenson is switching spots with Bobby Meacham with Allenson skippering New Hampshire and Meacham manning Buffalo. Allenson, who managed the Fisher Cats in 2013, will have returning pitching coach Vince Horsman and new hitting coach Ronnie Ortegon on his staff. Andy Fermin will be the player position coach.
In Dunedin, John Schneider is the new manager as he leaves the gig in Lansing. Michel Abreu will look after the hurlers and Corey Hart will deal with the batters.
Willie Collazo (in the middle) will look after the pitchers in Lansing this season.
Cesar Martin gets a promotion as he will be managing the Lansing Lugnuts after being at the helm of the Gulf Coast squad in 2016. Willie Collazo moves up from Vancouver to be the new pitching coach and Donnie Murphy is the new hitting boss. Chris Schaeffer is also on the coaching staff.
Vancouver will turn things over to Rich Miller, who took over the helm late in 2011 to lead the C's to their first Northwest League title. Dave Pano is back again as hitting coach and Jim Czajkowski is doing another tour of duty in Van City. In Bluefield, Dennis Holmberg returns as manager and will have Antonio Caceres dealing with the pitchers and Carlos Villalobos handling the hitters.
John Tamargo Jr. will have to deal with umpires in the Dominican Summer League this year.
The Gulf Coast League club will be run by Luis Hurtado, Juan Rincon and Paul Matthews as manager, pitching coach and hitting coach respectively. John Tamargo Jr. will be managing the Dominican Summer League squad in 2017 after spending 2016 in Vancouver. The pitching coach will be Rafael Lazo, the hitting boss will be Julio Germanson and Jose Mateo will serve as another voice on the bench.
Other key minor league hirings include Eric Wedge as field coordinator and Mike Mordecai as Wedge's assistant. Jeff Ware is the pitching coordinator, Ken Huckaby is the catching coordinator and Danny Solano is in charge of the infield.
CanadiansBaseball.com salutes newly-minted Hall of Famer Tim Raines, a Blue Jays roving baserunning/outfield coordinator.
Jays reliever Joe Biagini will be in Vancouver for the C's annual hot stove luncheon Friday.