The Texas Rangers announced their minor league coordinators for 2015, including Casey Candaele, who has been promoted to field coordinator after four seasons as infield and base running instructor.
Chris Briones moves from the pro scouting staff to catching coordinator. He replaces Hector Ortiz, who was promoted to Rangers’ first base coach.
Josue Perez is the minor league hitting coordinator, and Juan Lopez, a former bullpen coach for the Reds, is the assistant catching coordinator.
Danny Clark enters his seventh season as pitching coordinator. Bruce Hines is the base running coordinator; he spent the past five seasons with the Dodgers. Dwayne Murphy is the new assistant hitting/outfield coordinator; he won six Gold Gloves and was on the Blue Jays staff from 2008-13.
Minor league deals
The Rangers signed eight players to minor league deals, including Carlos Peguero, who has an invitation to major league spring training.
Peguero, who turns 28 on Feb. 22, hit 30 home runs for Triple A Omaha in 2014. He has seen major league time in the past four seasons, collecting nine homers, 28 RBIs and a .196 batting average.
Among those who re-signed deals are infielder Guilder Rodriguez, who made his major league debut in 2014 after a long career in the minors, is one of seven who signed minor league contracts.
The others are infielders Edwin Garcia and J.T. Wise, right-handers Kyle Lotzkar and Francisco Mendoza, left-hander Chad James and catcher Kevin Torres. All seven will be in the minor league camp this spring.
Finnegan earns honor
Former TCU pitcher and Royals left-hander Brandon Finnegan will be presented the Texas Professional Player of the Year Award at the Rangers Dr Pepper Awards Dinner on Jan. 23.
Former Rangers pitcher Rick Helling will receive the Mark Holtz Alumni Award.
Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the Rangers website.