Omar Lopez, a six-year minor-league manager in the Houston Astros organization, was named today as the manager for the 2013 Quad-Cities River Bandits.
His staff with the Midwest League club will include a veteran hitting coach and two former major-league players.
Joel Chimelis will be the River Bandits’ hitting coach, beginning his eighth year in the Houston system, while former Astros pitcher Dave Borkowski and 11-year major-league outfielder Vince Coleman will work as the clubs pitching and outfield and baserunning development specialist, respectively.
Lopez, 36, managed rookie-level Greeneville in the Appalachian League the past two seasons and previously managed the Astros’ Gulf Coast League and Venezuelan Summer League teams.
He spent three years as an infielder in the White Sox and Diamondbacks organization, playing in 1998 for the Midwest League’s South Bend Silver Hawks.