In case you missed it earlier this weekend, the Dodgers announced two additions to their major league field staff as former big leaguers Brant Brown and Luis Ortiz will each serve dual roles of assistant hitting coach and minor league hitting coordinator.
The 46-year-old Brown spent the last five seasons as a coach in the Seattle Mariners organization, including the last two as the team’s offensive coordinator. From 2013 to 2015, he served as Seattle’s minor league outfield coordinator. Prior to joining the Mariners, Brown spent six seasons as a hitting coach in the Texas Rangers organization from 2007 to 2012.
The former outfielder was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the third round of the 1992 MLB draft and hit .247 with 45 home runs in 424 major league games over five seasons with the Cubs, Pirates and Marlins. He was a three-year starter at Fresno State University, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to a fifth-place finish in the 1991 College World Series. In 1992, he was first-team All-Big West and second-team All-American selection after winning the conference Triple Crown. Originaly a native of Porterville, CA, Brown now resides in Peoria, AZ.
Ortiz, 47, spent the last three seasons with the San Diego Padres as their field and hitting coordinator. Prior to joining the Padres organization in 2015, Ortiz spent two seasons as the assistant field coordinator and cultural development coordinator in the Cleveland Indians player development system. He began his coaching career with the Texas Rangers organization, spending five seasons with the club from 2008 to 2012.
The former infielder played professionally for 14 seasons, including four years at the big league level with the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers in the mid-90s. The Dominican Republic native was selected by the Red Sox in the eighth round of the 1991 MLB draft out of Union University and was inducted into the University’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
In other news, the club promoted Brandon Gomes to Director of Player Development, replacing Gabe Kapler, who was hired to become manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers brought Gomes aboard originally back in September of 2016 as a pitching coordinator.
In addition, the team named Ron Porterfield as Director of Player Health.
(Joe Jareck provided some information furnished in this report)