As the Baltimore Orioles attempt to drastically remake their organization under new leadership, no major changes will be felt right away in Frederick.
The team announced Friday that Ryan Minor will return for his third season as manager of the Frederick Keys, a High-Class A affiliate, and his 12th as a coach or manager in the Orioles’ minor-league system.
Last season, the 45-year-old Minor led the Keys to a 65-72 finish. His other season as the team’s manager occurred in 2013 when the team went 61-78.
“Excited about coming back to Frederick. First-class organization and front office,” Minor told the News-Post on Friday evening.
“Great fan base that is very supportive of the team. My time in Frederick thus far has been very enjoyable for myself and my family. Looking forward to helping put together a competitive ball club that will be fun to watch on a nightly basis.”
Prominent positions on Minor’s staff will be filled by newcomers to the Keys. Justin Lord, 39, will be the team’s pitching coach, while Bobby Rose, 51, will serve for the first time as the Keys’ hitting coach. Adam Bleday, 24, also comes aboard as a development coach in his first professional coaching stint.
Meanwhile, Gene Escat, 29, will be back for his third season as the Keys’ strength and conditioning coach, while Marty Brinker, 29, is back for his second season as athletic trainer.
Lord, who spent the last two seasons in Low-A Delmarva, pitched for three seasons in the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates farm systems, including stints with the Wilmington Blue Rocks (2003) and Lynchburg Hillcats (2004), who compete alongside the Keys in the Carolina League.
Rose also worked in Delmarva last season as the hitting coach for the Shorebirds. He previously spent five years as a hitting instructor in the Texas Rangers’ organization, including the 2017 season with the team’s Carolina League affiliate, Down East.
Bleday, meanwhile, spent the previous two seasons as a pitcher in the Houston Astros minor league system. He was drafted in the 27th round in 2017 and pitched on four different levels over his two seasons as a minor leaguer for the Astros. That includes a seven-game stint with the Buies Creek Astros of the Carolina League last season.