Royals add Wakamatsu, Jirschele to coaching staff

With another off day in the World Series, the KC Royals decided to make news once again.

royals logoOn Friday, the Royals announced two new additions to their coaching staff, one from outside the organization and one from inside it. Don Wakamatsu, who managed with Seattle from 2009-2010, has been added as bench coach and catching instructor. He was a bench coach with Toronto from 2011-2012 and was a scout in the NY Yankees organization last season.

Mike Jirschele, who helped guide Triple-A Omaha to the Pacific Coast League title and Triple-A Championship this past season, has been added as a Major League coach. Not sure what that title means, but I guess we will see. It is a much deserved promotion for Jirschele, who has been managing in the Royals organization since 1992. He had been with Omaha since 1995.

It was also announced that Dale Sveum, who was hired on October 3rd, will be the Royals new third base coach. He will also oversee infield instruction.

Those moves finalize manager Ned Yost‘s coaching staff for the 2014 season.

 

With the promotion of Jirschele to the big league coaching staff, that leaves a managerial opening in Omaha. Will the Royals go outside the organization to fill it or will there be a progression up the ladder?

If they promote from within, I expect Brian Poldberg to be the new Storm Chasers manager, with Vance Wilson moving up to NW Arkansas, his hometown. That leaves Wilmington with a new manager, which would most likely be Brian Buchanan moving up with a good chunk of his players from Lexington. That would then leave the Lexington managerial position open. So just like last season, there will be some coaching movement in the Royals minor league system.

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