With the hiring of their new pitching coach, the Rangers coaching staff is now mostly set. Yesterday, Texas announced Julio Rangel will replace Doug Brocail as the team’s pitching coach.
Rangel never pitched or coached in the major leagues. As a player, he spent seven seasons mostly in the Yankees system. As a coach, he comes from a great pedigree. He has been a pitching coach in the Giants and Indians systems, both known for developing quality arms. His latest job was, in fact, Minor League pitching coordinator for San Francisco.
The announcement of Rangel comes on the heels of the hiring of Luis Ortiz as the Rangers new hitting coach. The Rangers retained Don Wakamatsu as bench coach, Tony Beasley as third-base coach and Hector Ortiz as first-base coach.
The only slot still open is assistant pitching coach, a position formerly occupied by Dan Warten.
First-time manager Chris Woodward is surrounding himself with other first-time coaches. The staff will grow with the players.