Former big-league catcher and advance scout Adam Melhuse will manage the Burlington Bees this year, the team announced Monday.
This is Melhuse’s first job as a manager. He was a journeyman player, appearing in games for the Oakland Athletics, the Colorado Rockies, the Texas Rangers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers during eight years in the major leagues. He became an advance scout after his playing career ended in 2009.
Buck Coats joins the team as hitting coach after serving in that same role for the Orem Owlz, the Los Angeles Angels’ affiliate in the rookie-level Pioneer League, the past two seasons. His 12-year playing career included 46 MLB games with the Chicago Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Coats played two seasons with the Lansing Lugnuts when the team was a Cubs affiliate. In 2002, he batted .257 with 4 HR, 47 RBI and 14 SB in 133 games. In 2003, he batted .277 with 1 HR, 59 RBI and 32 SB in 132 games. He played outfield in 2002 and shortstop in 2003.
Jairo Cuevas is Burlington’s new pitching coach. He pitched for seven seasons — five in the Atlanta Braves system, one in the Kansas City Royals organization, and one in the independent Frontier League. He has two years of experience as a lower-level pitching coach.