Former major-league infielder Gil Velazquez will make his managerial debut at the helm of the Great Lakes Loons next year.
Velazquez appeared in 33 MLB games over five seasons (for the Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Miami Marlins), and spent 16 seasons in the minor leagues. The Los Angeles native also played one year in the Mexican League, five seasons in the Mexican Pacific Winter League, and represented Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
The 36-year-old will be one of four Dodgers minor-league managers under age 40 next season. He made his coaching debut with L.A.’s rookie-level Arizona League team in 2015, on the staff of manager Jack McDowell. That team will be managed by former Loons skipper John Shoemaker (2011-12) in 2016. Next year will be Shoemaker’s 40th in the Dodgers organization, and his 22nd as a minor-league manager.
L.A.’s other rookie-level team, the Ogden Raptors, will be managed by Shaun Larkin. He managed the Lake County Captains in 2015, was the team’s hitting coach in 2014, and played for them in 2003.
Former Loons skipper Bill Haselman will manage the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers next year after leading the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to the California League championship title in 2015. He managed the Loons in 2014.
The Dodgers will announce the hitting, pitching and other coaches for their minor-league teams at a later date.