Former Rangers third baseman Steve Buechele is getting back in the game. The Rangers have hired Buechele to be their manager at Class A Bakersfield, the club announced on Monday. This will be Buechele's first full-time job in the game since he retired in 1995. He has been working for the Rangers and FOX Sports Southwest on a part-time basis. The Rangers also announced that Danny Clark, who has been the pitching coach at Class A Clinton the past two years, has been named their Minor League pitching coordinator, and former Major League shortstop Spike Owen has been named the roving infield instructor.
Clark has been working with the Rangers' top pitching prospects at Clinton the past two years. The Lumberkings were 78-59 in 2008 with a staff ERA of 3.53, sixth best in the 14-team Midwest League. They were sixth with a 3.51 ERA in 2007. Owen essentially replaces Dave Anderson, who had been the Minor League field coordinator before being promoted to the Major League staff as the third-base coach. The Rangers also officially announced that former Major League infielder Harry Spilman will serve as a special assistant in the Minor Leagues. Spilman was the Astros' hitting coach from 2000-04 and has 11 years of Minor League experience as a coach and manager. Owen has five years of coaching experience with Triple-A Round Rock in the Astros organization. The Rangers also promoted Clinton manager Mike Micucci to Double-A Frisco, replacing Scott Little, and hired former Major League pitcher Joe Slusarski as the Roughriders' pitching coach. Hector Ortiz replaces Micucci at Class A Hickory in the South Atlantic League. Terry Clark, who had been the Frisco pitching coach, was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma to be on manager Bobby Jones' staff.
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