A former hitting coach will return to Beloit next season as the new manager of the Snappers.
It is the first managerial assignment for Lloyd Turner, who was Beloit’s hitting coach in 2014 and 2015. He also served in that same capacity for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters the past three seasons and in 2013. The former utility player was an Oakland Athletics minor-leaguer from 2002 to 2007, and he played five seasons in the independent Atlantic League after that. He went 4-for-12 in the four games he played in the Midwest League, for the 2003 Kane County Cougars.
Last year’s Beloit skipper, Webster Garrison, will manage the Stockton Ports, Oakland’s High-A affiliate in the California League.
Juan Dilone will return for a fourth season as Beloit’s hitting coach, and Don Schultze also will return as the team’s pitching coach. Schultze served as Beloit’s pitching coach in 2016 and 2018, and in the same capacity for Kane County in 2008.
Beloit’s fourth coach will be Anthony Phillips, who played 11 seasons of minor-league baseball from 2007 to 2018. The South Africa native played for his country in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The former infielder also played in the Midwest League, for the Clinton LumberKings in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, he batted .199 with 4 HR, 25 RBI and 23 SB in 100 games; in 2012, he hit .214 with 5 HR, 24 RBI and 11 SB in 118 games.
Chapman named defensive player of year
A’s third baseman Matt Chapman was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday. He had a .959 fielding percentage for Oakland, committing only 20 errors in 484 chances at the hot corner this year. At the plate, he batted .278 with 24 homers, 42 doubles and 68 RBI in 145 games with the A’s.
Chapman played 50 games for the Snappers in 2014, batting .237 with 16 extra-base hits and 20 RBI. He played 38 games at third base, posting a .914 fielding percentage (11 errors in 128 chances) in the Midwest League.