Mickey Storey will manage the Quad-Cities River Bandits in 2018, the Houston Astros announced today.
Storey pitched in the major leagues for Houston and Toronto, making his major-league debut with the Astros in 2012.
He made his coaching debut last season as a development coach with Houston’s Carolina League affiliate, Buies Creek.
His assignment with the defending Midwest League champions will be his first as a manager.
Storey’s staff will include pitching coach Graham Johnson, a graduate of Alexis High School in Illinois and a former Western Illinois assistant who joins Houston this year after spending the last six seasons an assistant coach at Morehead State University.
The River Bandits’ hitting coach will be Dillon Lawson, who worked as the hitting coach at short-season Tri-City, the Astros’ New York-Penn League affiliate, in 2016 but spent last year as a hitting coach at the collegiate level at Missouri.
Rafael Pena has been named as the development coach in Quad-Cities. He joins the Astros after working as an assistant coach at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Although manager Russ Steinhorn left the Houston organization last fall to accept a position on the baseball staff at Clemson, most members of last year’s Quad-Cities coaching staff have been promoted to high-A Buies Creek.
Pitching coach Drew French and hitting coach Ben Rosenthal will fill those same roles with the Carolina League club.
The River Bandits’ development coach last season, Jason Bell, will manage Tri-City during the upcoming season.