2019 Staff includes PJ Phillips, 2017 Pacific Association Championship Manager, Cole Bumbales, 2019 Assistant Coach to Vallejo, as well as our Player Developer Carlos Lezcano, with 25+ years baseball experience in the MiLB and Indy Ball.
Dennis Pelfrey and Brian White returned from the Florence Freedom Staff, and new to the Frontier League, Jamie Bennett with the Schaumburg Boomers.
Also 2019 was Joe Torre’s second year scouting for the Gary Southshore Railcats.
In 2016, Joe got over 50 players signed to professional contracts in leagues around the country. He helps players chase their dream, giving them the best assistance possible. Joe took over the Black Sox in 2002 and did not play in high school or college. In 2016 we played our first Frontier League Spring Training games. Joe has signed hundreds of players to contracts to different leagues all over the country, he works non-stop and 24-7 for the “grind” of Indy Baseball.
In 2009, Joe played for the Riccione Dolphins in the Serie A2 Division in Italy. In 2012, Joe went from being a player-coach with the Roswell Invaders in the Pecos League to being the 1st base and bench coach for the El Paso Diablos, working under former Major Leaguers Tim Johnson, Carlos Lezcano and Oscar Suarez. Joe was the Northeast Advisor to the Baltimore Orioles under International Scouting Director Fred Ferreira from 2013 to 2014.
In 2017 Coached 1b and 3B for the Pittsburg Diamonds in the Pacific Association and in 2018 started working officially for the Gary Southshore Railcats.
Carlos last managed the Joplin Blasters of the American Association in 2015. Carlos has over 20 years of managerial experience including 1,012 victories and a winning percentage of .525 in affiliated baseball where he managed for Seattle, San Francisco, Milwaukee and San Diego. He also managed in the Mexican League and the Puerto Rican Winter League. He recently also Coached in the California and Arizona Winter Leagues as an Indy Manager.
Lezcano will help coordinate with the Latin players as well on the trip.
Manager Dennis Pelfrey is the Manager for the Florence Freedom that plays in the Frontier League. Pelfrey's career spans from four seasons coaching for the Gary South Shore RailCats under Veteran Indy Pro Manager Greg Tagert (which included a 2013 American Association Championship) to playing six seasons of professional baseball, the majority of those seasons in The Frontier League from 1999-2004, and after a Collegiate career at Northwood University - Texas. Pelfrey not only brings his vast baseball knoweldge, but he also trains the athletes on the mindset of playing winning baseball, from a player's and an Indy Manager's standpoint.
Anthony Santiago, Chicago White Sox
Latin/Cultural Development Coordinator: Anthony Santiago
This is cool! This is a new job, or at least, a new job title. Anthony is the younger brother of Hector Santiago, former White Sox and current Twins screwballer, and was signed by the Sox in 2012. While his pitching career didn’t last, the Sox clearly saw something in him and retained him as a coach. He’s only 27 years old, but the players that come out of Latin America are often much younger than that, so he’ll be able to relate to them well. It’s nice to see the Sox try to take a more involved role with this.
Link to career stats: http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=623968#/career/R/pitching/2014/ALL