Hinted at earlier this month, the Washington Nationals finally announced who the managers and coaches will be in 2018:
|Affiliate||Manager||Pitching Coach||Hitting Coach|
|Syracuse||Randy Knorr||Brad Holman||Brian Daubach|
|Harrisburg||Matthew LeCroy||Michael Tejera||Brian Rupp|
|Potomac||Tripp Keister||Sam Narron||Luis Ordaz|
|Hagerstown||Patrick Anderson||Tim Redding||Amaury Garcia|
|Auburn||Jerad Head||Franklin Bravo||Mark Harris|
|GCL||Mario Lisson||Larry Pardo||Jorge Mejia|
|DSL||Sandy Martinez||Pablo Frias||Freddy Guzman|
Bold = New to the organization
Italics = Different than 2017
As noted in Chelsea Janes’s WaPo story the changes center on pitching: Just one level (DSL) has the same coach as last year and there are new coaches at AAA and the GCL.
Chris Michalak (Marlins), Bob Milacki (unknown), and Josh Johnson (Padres) are out while Billy Gardner, manager at AAA from 2014 to 2017, remains as a “roving coordinator.” He joins usual suspects (e.g. Spin Williams, Tommy Shields, Jeff Garber, Troy Gingrich, Paul Menhart, et al).
Why this took so long to release remains a mystery. Typically, this news comes around the winter meetings, but three times in the past four seasons it’s been in January; this is the latest since this site was begun in 2009. That I’m complaining about this shows you just how slow this offseason has been.
The 2018 Watchlist is on track to be finished by the end of the month. I’ve punted on a few players, but I’ve written up six of the ten categories, including all the position players and the RHPs. Until something else breaks… as you were.