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Astros add three to Minor League field staff12/08/2010 11:00 PM ET
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros announced today three new additions and one re-assignment to their Minor League field staff for 2011. Stubby Clapp, who was named as Double-A Corpus Christi's hitting coach last month, has been named the organization's Minor League roving infield instructor. He will also double as manager of the Class A Tri-City ValleyCats when their season begins in June.
Taking Clapp's vacated hitting coach position in Corpus Christi is John Moses, who spent his 2010 season as hitting coach for Triple-A Albuquerque in the Dodgers organization. The Astros also added Tom Spencer as manager of Class A Lancaster and Edgar Alfonzo as hitting coach for the Astros Gulf Coast League affiliate. The announcement was made by Astros director of player development Fred Nelson.
Clapp, 37, spent the last four seasons as a hitting coach in the Astros system with Class A Lexington (2008, 2010) and Rookie Level Greeneville (2007, 2009). He recently finished his 2010 season as a hitting coach for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League. Clapp played professionally for 11 seasons from 1996-2006 which included stops in the St. Louis (1996-2002), Atlanta (2003) and Toronto (2004) organizations. He also played two seasons of independent ball (2005-06).
Moses, 54, recently completed his third season (2008-10) as hitting coach with Albuquerque. Prior to his stint with the Isotopes, Moses held different Major League positions over the three seasons from 2005-07, which included time as first base coach with Seattle (2007), first base coach with Cincinnati (2006) and bench coach for the Reds in 2005. Prior to joining Cincinnati's organization in 2005, Moses spent 11 seasons in the Mariners organization, serving as baserunning coordinator (2004), Major League first base coach (2000-03), advance scout (1999) and administrative coach (1994-98). He played 11 seasons in the Majors with Seattle (1983-87, 1992), Minnesota (1988-90) and Detroit (1991).
Spencer, 55, takes the reins at Lancaster after most recently serving as the manager of Class A Palm Beach in the St. Louis organization in 2009. From 2003-08, Spencer worked as the Cardinals Minor League baserunning and outfield instructor. He has 10 years of Minor League managerial experience, which includes stops with the Triple-A clubs Nashville (1997), Calgary (1998), Charlotte (1999), Tucson (2000-01) and Memphis (2003). He has also spent five years coaching first and third base in the Major Leagues with Cleveland (1988-89), the Mets (1991) and the Astros (1992-93).
Alfonzo, 43, will serve as the GCL Astros' hitting coach in 2011, a year after serving as the manager at Class A St. Lucie in the Mets organization. Alfonzo has six years of Minor League managerial experience (2000-01, 2007-10), while also serving as Minor League infield coordinator (2004-06), Double-A hitting coach (2003) and assistant coach (1998-99, 2002) in the Mets organization. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Alfonzo played 12 years in the Minor Leagues with the Anaheim and Baltimore organizations. He is the brother of former Mets infielder Edgardo.
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