GJ Rockies reorganize staff

Tony Diaz will move to a front-office position with the Grand Junction Rockies this coming season as the Rookie Development Supervisor, the Colorado Rockies announced today.

Each minor-league affiliate will have a development supervisor, responsible for oversight and implementations of the Rockies development philosophies and practices, the club said in a release. The development supervisor will travel with the club.

With Diaz’ new position, Anthony Sanders, who was the hitting coach at Tri-City, will be the new field manager. Drew Saylor, who was the Grand Junction Rockies’ hitting coach last season, has been promoted to manager at Tri-City. Lee Stevens, who has been a varsity baseball coach at Highlands Ranch High School the past five years and hitting instructor at Slammers Baseball facility in Centennial, is the GJ Rockies’ new hitting coach. Ryan Kibler will return as pitching coach. The rookie club will also have a new medical trainer, John Duff, replacing Josh Guterman, who will be the trainer for the Class A Modesto Nuts.

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