Steinmann replaces Prieto as LumberKings manager

Last week the Clinton LumberKings got a new hitting coach. This week they got a new manager.

Nine days before the start of the season (April 3), the LumberKings learned former manager Scott Steinmann will serve a second stint as Clinton’s skipper. He replaces Chris Prieto, who was promoted to the Seattle Mariners’ major-league club as quality control coach.

Steinmann led the LumberKings to a 69-68 record in 2009. He also managed the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2005; that team finished the regular season with a 76-63 record and lost to the South Bend Silver Hawks in Game 5 of the Midwest League Championship Series.

Two of Steinmann’s coaches this year — hitting coach Brent Johnson and pitching coach Cibney Bello — played for him on the 2005 Timber Rattlers team. (Asdrubal Cabrera was the most notable player on that squad.) You can check out their Midwest League stats in this previous post.

Steinmann also played for the Timber Rattlers, in 1997. He batted .213 with 0 HR, 20 RBI and 5 SB in 72 games. He primarily played catcher and first base, but in one game he played all nine positions. (I couldn’t find an article online about this feat, but it is mentioned in this article about Craig Kuzmic doing the same thing for the Timber Rattlers on the last day of the 1999 season.)

Schultz makes MLB debut

Former Kane County Cougars pitcher Bo Schultz made his major-league debut last weekend, throwing an inning of scoreless relief for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of the MLB season-opening series in Australia.

He went 6-1 with a 2.87 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 75.1 IP for the 2010 Cougars. He is ranked 29th among Diamondbacks prospects in this year’s Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

Sidewinding reliever Bo Schultz delivers a pitch for the Kane County Cougars in 2010. (Photo from The Cougars Den)

Sidewinding reliever Bo Schultz delivers a pitch for the Kane County Cougars in 2010. (Photo from The Cougars Den)

Buxton likely to miss start of season

News about the Minnesota Twins’ top prospect, Byron Buxton, from the StarTribune:

Byron Buxton remains sidelined with a sprained left wrist, and the Twins confirmed Wednesday that their top prospect may start the season on the disabled list.

The 20-year-old outfielder, projected to open the season with Class AA New Britain, injured his wrist while diving for a fly ball 10 days ago, and has not played since. He still feels soreness in the wrist when he swings a bat, though an MRI taken Saturday revealed no structural damage to the wrist.

He has been diagnosed with a sprain of the pisotriquetral joint, which can be slow to heal. Buxton will likely be sidelined for another couple of weeks, Twins doctors believe, meaning he would miss the start of the Eastern League season next Thursday.

Buxton was named the Midwest League’s Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year last season after batting .341 with 8 HR, 55 RBI and 32 SB in 68 games with the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Feliz optioned to Triple-A

The Texas Rangers optioned their former closer Neftali Feliz to Triple-A. He pitched for the LumberKings in 2008, going 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 82 IP (17 starts).

Joakim Soria is the new Rangers closer after Joe Nathan left via free agency during the offseason. He posted a 2.31 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 11.2 IP for the 2006 Fort Wayne Wizards.

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