Pirates Announce Their 2016 Performance Team

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their 2016 performance team on Tuesday afternoon through a team press release.

Dr. Chris Johnson returns for his second year as the organization’s Director of Performance. Bernie Holliday enters his seventh season as the Director of Mental Conditioning.

Brendon Huttmann, who served the Pirates as their Strength and Conditioning Coach the last four years, has been promoted to the position of Sports Science Coordinator for 2016.

Head Athletic Trainer Todd Tomczyk and Assistant Athletic Trainer Ben Potenziano will once again head up the training staff at the Major League level. Kevin “Otis” Fitzgerald joins the big league staff as Physical Therapist and Ricky White will be the Pirates Strength Coach.

Minor Leagues

Minor League trainers and strength coaches are as follows:

INDIANAPOLIS (AAA)Athletic Trainer: Lee Slagle, Strength Coach: Furey Leva

ALTOONA (AA) Athletic Trainer: Dru Scott, Strength Coach: Alan Burr

BRADENTON (High A) Athletic Trainer: Justin Ahrens, Strength Coach: Cole Durham

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (Low A)  Athletic Trainer: Dominic Cappozzo,  Strength Coach: Joe Schlesinger

WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS (SHORT-A) Athletic Trainer: Matthew Den Bleyker

GCL PIRATES (Rookie)  Strength Coach: Cory Cook

BRISTOL (Advanced Rookie) Athletic Trainer: Jorge Islas

DSL PIRATES (Rookie)  Athletic Trainer: Tyler Brooks, Strength Coach: Rafael Sepulveda

Pirate City Staff

And finally, the Development Leadership staff at Pirate City in Bradenton will be:
Carlo Alvarez, Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

Tyson Holt, Mental Conditioning Coordinator

Bryan Housand, Athletic Training Coordinator

Joe Hughes, Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Hector Morales, Mental Conditioning Coordinator

A.J. Patrick, Rehab Coordinator

Carl Randolph, Coordinator of Medical Services