Just like his best players with the West Virginia Power, Michael Ryan has gotten the call up to Bradenton.
Ryan, a former major leaguer with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels, will lead the Bradenton Marauders in 2015, becoming the Pittsburgh Pirates high Single-A franchise's fifth manager in six years, the Pirates announced Thursday.
The 37-year-old spent two years managing the Power, leading the team to a record 82 wins in 2013. He finished his tenure 136-139 after the Power went 54-81 last season.
"It's great to be able to get promoted, especially after the year we had in West Virginia, as far as our record was concerned," Ryan told the Indiana Gazette in his hometown of Indiana, Pa. "But the players said from Day One that they got better, and I would agree with that. So I think when they grow up like that, maybe I did the job pretty well."
The Marauders' manager last year, Tom Prince, got a promotion, too. He will manage Double-A Altoona. Dean Treanor will be the skipper at Triple-A Indianapolis for the fifth straight season.
The Pirates filled out Ryan's staff with hitting coach Ryan Long, pitching coach Scott Elarton and Miguel Perez.
Long reached the major leagues with the Kansas City Royals, and Elarton, a first-round draft choice in 1994, spent 10 seasons in the majors with the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians and Royals. Perez got the majors with the Cincinnati Reds in 2005.
Justin Ahrens will be the team's athletic trainer, and Alan Burr will serve as strength and conditioning coach.
The Marauders will open their 140-game Florida State League schedule at St. Lucie on April 9. The first home game is April 11, also against St. Lucie.