The Texas Rangers announced some placements for the 2020 minor league staffs today. Matt Hagen has been named the Minor League Field Coordinator, taking over from Corey Ragsdale, who did double duty as the field coordinator and Down East Wood Ducks manager last year, and who is the Major League Field Coordinator for 2020. Hagen managed the low-A Hickory Crawdads in 2018 and 2019.
The AA Frisco Roughriders will have former major league catcher Bobby Wilson as their manager for 2020. The 36 year old Wilson spent parts of 10 seasons in the majors, including stints with Texas in 2015 and 2016. He was with the Detroit Tigers in 2019, splitting time between the majors and AAA Toledo. He is replacing Joe Mikulik, who the Rangers announced after the season would not be returning.
The high-A Down East Wood Ducks will have Josh Johnson managing for 2020. Johnson came over to the Rangers for the 2019 season after working with the San Diego Padres in 2018, and managing the Washington Nationals rookie league team in 2016 and 2017. Johnson was listed as the “fourth coach” for the Crawdads in 2019. He played 12 years in the minors for the Kansas City Royals and the Washington Nationals after being selected in the third round of the 2004 draft by the Royals, one spot behind Ian Desmond.
The low-A Hickory Crawdads will be managed by Carlos Cardoza, who is replacing the promoted Matt Hagen. Cardoza was the manager of the Rangers’ Championship AZL Rookie League club in 2019, and managed in the Dominican Summer League for the Rangers the previous three seasons. Cardoza features prominently in this September piece from Jamey Newberg.
The short-season-A Spokane Indians will be managed by Sean Cashman, who was a pitching coach for Cardoza’s AZL Rangers squad in 2019. Evan Grant mentioned early in 2019 that Cashman is someone with a “strong data background.” He is replacing Kenny Hook.
There has been no announcement on a manager for AAA Nashville yet. Presumably, that will be coming at some point in the coming days.