Trash Pandas Gameday Program

TRASH PANDAS FIELD STAFF #31 ANDY SCHATZLEY MANAGER · Schatzley enters his first season as manager of the Trash Pandas and is in his third year with the Angels organization. In his professional managerial debut, led High-A TriCity to a 43-68 record in 2021. Prior to joining the Angels, Schatzley spent eight seasons as an Associate Head Baseball Coach at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas from 2011-19. At Harding, Schatzley wore a number of hats in his role as Associate Head Coach. Among his many jobs, Schatzley was also the recruiting coordinator while his on-field titles included hitting coach, infield instructor, and third base coach. In 2019, he helped guide the Bisons to a 34-21 re- cord, the best record during his tenure at Harding. In 2015, the Bisons posted a .977 fielding percentage, the best in NCAA Division II. #13 KENNY HOOK HITTING · The first hitting coach in Trash Pandas history, Hook begins his second season in Rocket City and third with the Angels after leading a powerful Trash Pandas offense to a Double-A South best 152 home runs in 2021. He was scheduled to be the hitting coach for High-A Inland Empire in 2020 and pent the previous six seasons in the Texas Rangers organization. Hook started as the hitting coach for the Arizona Rookie League Rangers from 2014-15 before moving up to Class-A Short Season Spokane in 2016, followed by a season with both Class-A Hickory in 2017 and Class-A Advanced Down East in 2018 #43 MICHAEL WUERTZ PITCHING · The first pitching coach in franchise history, Wuertz returns for his second season with the Trash Pandas after 10 former Rocket City pitchers made their MLB debut for the Angels in 2021. He spent three of the previous four seasons played with High-A Inland Empire. In 2018, he was the Pitching Coach for Rookie-level Orem As a Major League pitcher, Wuertz posted a 3.71 ERA and a 21-11 record along with 11 saves over eight Major League seasons. In addition to three years with the A’s, Wuertz spent the first five seasons of his career with the Cubs. #16 DANN BILLARDELLO BENCH · Billardello his first season in the Angels organization after spending most of the last 15 years in the Cardinals system managing Low-A, High-A, and Double-A. He won a Pioneer League Championship in his managerial debut for the Great Falls Dodgers in 2002. Appeared in 382 MLB games over eight big league seasons from 1978-1994, playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, Pittsburgh Pirates, and San Diego Padres hitting .204 with 18 home runs, 91 RBI, and 79 RBI in his MLB career. Also, he played in over 800 minor league games, hitting .260 with 90 home runs, 385 RBI, and 347 runs. During his big league career, was teammates with Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn, Johnny Bench, and Andre Dawson. HENRY ALECK STRENGTH · Begins his second season in the Angels organization after spending 2021 with High-A Tri-City. Aleck previously spent time in the Philadelphia Phillies organization with High-A Lakewood in 2018. Before starting his professional baseball career, he worked at the University of Texas at Austin as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the Longhorns athletic department and as an intern at the University of California, Los Angeles. WILL WHITEHEAD TRAINER · Whitehead Makes the jump to Double-A with Rocket City after spending 2021 with High-A Tri-City in his first season in the Angels organization. He Previously spent 11 years in the Colorado Rockies organization including stops at Double-A Hartford and High-A Asheville, where he was named South Atlantic League Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2013. Before starting his professional baseball career, he worked as an Athletic Trainer for both the Winter X Games and the Texas Tech University Baseball Team.



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