The Red Sox announced their 2018 minor league field staffs, with a number of managers and pitching coaches moving within the organization.
While Kevin Boles will return to Triple A Pawtucket for his fifth year as manager, the move of former Portland manager Carlos Febles from Double A to become Boston’s third base coach set in motion a chain reaction of moves:
■ Darren Fenster was promoted to helm Double A Portland after being manager of Single A Greenville the past four seasons.
■ Joe Oliver will return as the manager of High A Salem for a third year.
■ Former Red Sox minor leaguer Iggy Suarez will serve as manager of Single A Greenville after two years as manager of Lowell.
■ Corey Wimberley, who spent 12 seasons playing in the minors (2005-16) before joining the Greenville coaching staff in 2017, will manage Lowell.
■ Tom Kotchman is returning to the Gulf Coast League for his fifth season as the Sox’ Rookie Ball manager.
■ The Sox will have two teams in the Dominican Summer League. Under Latin American field coordinator Jose Zapata, those two affiliates will be managed by returnee Aly Gonzalez and newcomer Fernando Tatis, who spent parts of 11 years in the big leagues (most memorably in 1999, when he became the only player in big league history to launch two grand slams in one inning).
A number of pitching coaches also traded places:
■ Kevin Walker was promoted from Portland (where he had spent the last three years) to Pawtucket.
■ Paul Abbott will move up to Portland after two years as Salem’s pitching coach.
■ Lance Carter, who spent the last three years with short-season Lowell, is moving up to High A Salem.
■ Bob Kipper, after three years as Pawtucket’s pitching coach, is returning to Greenville, where he spent the 2005-06 and 2008-09 seasons.
■ Nick Green, a coach in the Sox system since 2015, will serve as Lowell’s pitching coach.
■ Dick Such will return to Fort Myers for his sixth season as the Rookie Level pitching coach.
■ The hitting coaches will remain intact: Rich Gedman (fourth season in Pawtucket), Lee May (second year in Portland), Nelson Paulino (second year in Salem), Wilton Veras (second year in Greenville), Nate Spears (second year in Lowell), and Junior Zamora (fourth year in Fort Myers).
■ Other uniformed staff members will include Bruce Crabbe, who is returning to Pawtucket for a fifth season; Angel Berroa, who will spend a second season on the GCL staff; and Mickey Jiang, who will work as a GCL coach and interpreter.