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Phils minor league coaching assignments announced

After some delay with releasing the details, the Phillies announced their minor league coaching assignments for the 2016 season this week.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage is back with the IronPigs for his fourth season. Dave Lundquist will take on pitching coach duties with Lehigh Valley after holding that spot for Reading for the past three seasons. Sal Rende is back for his fifth season as IronPigs hitting coach. Brundage previously managed in the Atlanta system and was an outfielder during his playing days.

Double-A Reading manager Dusty Wathan returns for his fifth season in the role. Hitting coach Frank Cacciatore will also return, while Steve Schrenk will serve as pitching coach. Schrenk previously held the position with Reading in 2009 and has coached at varied levels of the Phils' developmental ranks in the years since. Wathan's

Class A Advanced Clearweater will again be led by Greg Legg, who was honored as the Florida State League manager of the year in 2015, when he led the Threshers to first and second-half division titles. Former Phillies player Rob Ducey will return as hitting coach and former Phils hurler Aaron Fultz will be the pitching coach after holding that position with Lakewood last season.

Class A Lakewood will see skipper Shawn Williams return for his second season with the BlueClaws. He'll be joined by returning hitting coach Nelson Prada and new pitching coach Brian Sweeney. Williams is the son of former big league manager Jimy Williams. Sweeney, a former Mariners hurler, coached with the Phillies' Gulf Coast League team last season.

Short-season A level Williamsport will see skipper Pat Borders back in charge of the Crosscutters. Joining him on the Williamsport staff will be pitching coach Hector Berrios and hitting coach John Mizerock. Borders was a member of the 1993 Toronto team that defeated the Phillies in the World Series.

With the rookie level GCL team Roly de Armas will serve as the club's manager for the 12th time. He'll be joined by pitching coach Hector Mercado along with coaches Rafael DeLima and Eddie Dennis.

Ray Burriss, who previously served as the pitching coach for Lehigh Valley, will reportedly now take on the role of Phillies rehab pitching coach.

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