Led by Accardo, Mets Name Rookie Coaching Staffs

By Jacob Resnick

February 17, 2017 No comments

For the first time in the last few years, there was a major shakeup of minor league managers in the Mets’ organization. With Wally Backman leaving the Las Vegas 51s for Mexico and former Brooklyn Cyclones skipper Tom Gamboa retiring, four affiliates find themselves with a new leader heading into the upcoming season. For a look at the manager and coaches from Las Vegas to Brooklyn, we chronicled just that earlier this week.

Here are the coaching staffs for the Mets’ rookie level teams for the 2017 season:

Kingsport Mets

Manager Luis Rivera (third season in his role)

Pitching Coach Josue Matos (first season)

Hitting Coach Ender Chavez (second season)

Rivera and the K-Mets finished with a 27-41 record in 2016, fourth in the Appalachian League West division. The former Mets minor leaguer led Kingsport to the playoffs in 2015 with a 40-28 record in the regular season. Matos served as the GCL Mets pitching coach in 2016, while Chavez, the brother of Mets legend Endy Chavez, returns to western Tennessee.

Gulf Coast League Mets

Manager Jose Carreño (fifth season)

Pitching Coach Jeremy Accardo (first season)

Hitting Coach Yunir Garcia (second season)

Accardo, 35, joins the Mets organization after pitching in 262 major league games from 2005-2012 with San Francisco, Toronto, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Oakland. The right-hander’s best season came in 2007 with the Blue Jays, when he saved 30 games in 35 chances, and allowed 16 earned runs in 67.1 innings.

Dominican Summer League Mets 1

Manager Manny Martinez (third season)

Pitching Coaches Benjamin Marte (14th season) and Rafael Roque (second season)

Hitting Coaches Leo Hernandez (seventh season) and Liliano Castro (fourth season)

Dominican Summer League Mets 2

Manager David Davalillo (fourth season)

Pitching Coach Francis Martinez (10th season)

Hitting Coaches Rafael Fernandez (second season) and Yucarybert De La Cruz (third season)