The White Sox promoted farm director Buddy Bell to vice president, player development and special assignments on Monday. Minor league field coordinator Nick Capra will assume Bell's responsibilities as director of player development, and Kirk Champion was promoted to minor league field coordinator.
This will be the fifth season in the organization for Bell, who has had an increasingly greater voice in Sox decisions. Robin Ventura, who served under Bell last season, was named to replace Ozzie Guillen as manager in October, and Bell had considerable input in helping Ventura assemble his coaching staff.
"Since he rejoined the White Sox, Buddy's role in the organization has continually evolved and expanded," Sox general manager Ken Williams said. "Buddy and his staff have played an integral part in developing our young talent, and he has been a great resource for me on special scouting assignments as well. This move reflects the confidence we have in Buddy, as well as Nick and Kirk, who have been very successful and have been well-respected members of our organization for many years."
Bell was director of player development from 2009-11 and director of minor league instruction in 2008. He will continue to oversee the Sox player development and minor league system.
Capra begins his 17th season in the organization. His last three were as minor-league field coordinator. He was assistant director of minor-league instruction under Bell in 2008 and minor-league hitting coordinator from 2006-07.
Champion has spent the last nine seasons as the Sox minor-league pitching coordinator. He was a pitching coach in the player development system for 14 years from 1989-2002.
Here is the updated listing of the Sox Player Development staff:
Player Development Instructors
Buddy Bell - Vice President, Player Development and Special Assignments
Nick Capra - Director, Player Development
Kirk Champion - Field Coordinator
Curt Hasler - Pitching Coordinator
Tim Laker - Hitting Coordinator
Daryl Boston - Outfield Instructor
Ever Magallanes - Infield Instructor
John Orton - Catching Instructor
Devon White - Baserunning Instructor
Scott Takao - Minor League Medical/Rehab. Coordinator
Dale Torborg - Conditioning Coordinator
Geronimo Mendoza - Latin Culture Coordinator
Robbie Cummings, Jerry Hairston, Chet DiEmidio - Coaching Assistants