After previously announcing that former MLB catcher Lance Parrish will manage the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2018, the Detroit Tigers revealed Thursday who will be on his coaching staff.
Two of the additional coaches are former major-leaguers, and the third one pitched in the Midwest League.
Pitching coach Jorge Cordova is the only returning member of the Whitecaps coaching staff. It will be his second season with the Whitecaps. His six-year playing career in the minors included 42 games in the Midwest League, for the 1999-2000 Kane County Cougars and the 2000 Clinton LumberKings. His cumulative MWL record was 10-9 with a 3.59 ERA, 161 strikeouts and 59 walks in 163 innings.
West Michigan’s new hitting coach is Mariano Duncan, who played 12 years in the major leagues. He coached in the Chicago Cubs farm system during the last seven seasons, and was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ MLB first-base coach for five years before that.
Former major-leaguer John Vander Wal also is assigned to West Michigan’s coaching staff. During his 14-year MLB career, the outfielder/first baseman earned a reputation as a go-to player in pinch-hitting situations.