The Seattle Mariners announced Monday that Brent Johnson will serve as hitting coach of the Clinton LumberKings this year.
A domino effect within the Mariners organization resulted in Johnson’s promotion from advanced rookie league. From the LumberKings’ press release:
A handful of minor-league coaching changes were made in the last week, caused by the resigning of Seattle third-base coach John Stearns. Triple-A Tacoma manager Rich Donnelly was named as Seattle’s new third-base coach and just a few days later, Double-A Jackson’s hitting coach, Roy Howell, was named as Donnelly’s replacement. Clinton’s hitting coach from last season, Mike Kinkade, was then promoted to take Howell’s hitting coach position at Jackson.
Johnson played six years in the Mariners organization, including the 2005 season with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He batted .310 with 1 HR, 44 RBI and 22 SB in 109 games.
His Timber Rattlers teammates included Asdrubal Cabrera, who batted .318 with 4 HR and 30 RBI in 51 games, and Cibney Bello, who is the new LumberKings pitching coach. Bello went 4-4 with a 5.02 ERA, a save and 75 strikeouts in 95 IP for the Timber Rattlers.