Pirates make changes for minor league teams

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Four Pirates minor league affiliates will have new managers for the 2014 season, according to the team, which announced its player development staff Monday.

Edgar Varela will manage the Bristol Pirates, the organization's new entry in the rookie-level Appalachian League. Varela served as a coach with Class A Bradenton in 2013. Brian Esposito, who according to the release served as a coach in the organization in 2013, will manage short-season Jamestown. Tom Prince, previously the minor league coordinator of instruction, will manage Class A Bradenton.

Mendy Lopez replaces Gera Alvarez as the manager of the Pirates' entry in the Dominican Summer League. Alvarez will oversee the Pirates' academy in the Dominican Republic.

Esposito will replace Dave Turgeon, who will become the assistant field coordinator. Prince will take the place of Frank Kremblas, who will return to the role of special assistant to player development that he held in 2012.

Dean Treanor and Carlos Garcia return to manage Class AAA Indianapolis and Class AA Altoona. Michael Ryan will again manage Class A West Virginia and Milver Reyes remains the manager for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Pirates.

The Associated Press contributed to the report. Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com and on Twitter @BrinkPG.


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