Job Switch Benefits Brewers' Minor League Managers





MILWAUKEE—Farm director Reid Nichols was able to accommodate a couple of his minor league managers by promoting Mike Guerrero from high Class A Brevard County to Double-A Huntsville.

In essence, Guerrero switched jobs with Bob Miscik, who dropped down from Huntsville to Brevard. Nichols explained that Guerrero deserved the elevation after leading the Manatees to the Florida State League playoffs last season. But he also wanted to accommodate Miscik on the family front.

"Bob has a daughter who lives in Venice, Fla., and this allows him to be closer to her," Nichols said. "He didn't ask for (the switch) but all the pieces fit together well by doing it this way."

Guerrero, son of legendary scout Epy Guerrero, has been in the Brewers organization for 14 years. He has managed in the Dominican Summer League and in both low and high Class A, while also logging time as a hitting coach.

Last season, his second with Brevard, Guerrero piloted the Manatees to a 79-48 record, including a 40-24 mark in the first half that guaranteed a playoff berth.

"Mike has done a great job for us," Nichols said. "The team he had last year was evidence of the job that staff has done. He's a very aggressive manager with baserunning and on offense. He gets the guys to play hard.

"Mike would have been happy staying in Brevard, but this allows him to stay with that group of players. It's all about making the organization better, not just accommodating staff. This worked out well on all fronts."

Guerrero's staff will include pitching coach John Curtis, back for a second season in Huntsville, and new hitting coach Al LeBoeuf, who spent last season on the staff of the Blue Jays' high Class A Dunedin affiliate.

Beyond Guerrero and Miscik, manager Don Money returns for his second season with Triple-A Nashville and his 13th season as a skipper in the Brewers system. Rich Gale will serve as pitching coach after filling that role for low Class A Hagerstown in the Nationals system last year.

Jeff Isom will return for a second season as manager at low Class A Wisconsin, and Tony Diggs is back for a third year with the Rookie-level Arizona League club. Joe Ayrault heads to Rookie-level Helena after piloting high Class A Sarasota for the Reds for the previous three seasons.

Former Brewers minor league catcher Nestor Corredor will manage the DSL Brewers in their inaugural season.

MICROBREWS

• The Brewers sent righthander Omar Aguilar outright to Nashville, removing him from the 40-man roster. Undone by walks and home runs, Aguilar posted a 7.71 ERA in 23 relief appearances with Huntsville, which earned him a demotion to Brevard.

• The Brewers added former big league outfielders Reggie Williams (roving outfield and baserunning coordinator) and Darnell Coles (hitting coordinator) to the minor league staff.