Born: Redondo Beach, CA… Resides: San Diego, CA… Former infielder. Joined the Phillies player development staff after spending the last five years in the San Diego Padres organization, four as major league development coordinator (2018-21) and one as a coach at El Paso (AAA). Prior to that, spent three seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan as international operations coordinator. As a high school senior, earned First-Team All-Met honors from The Washington Post in 2008 after hitting .450 as a catcher, going the entire season without an error or passed ball. Switched to second base at the University of Virginia, where he hit a career .309 with 178 hits and helped the Cavaliers reach the College World Series in 2009 and 2011. Led the nation in sacrifice bunts with 27 in 2011 and 28 in 2012. Was signed by Seattle as a minor league free agent on June 17, 2012 and played in the Mariners system for two seasons.
Keith Werman was named the 15th manager in BlueClaws history and will lead the BlueClaws in 2022, their second season as the Phillies High-A affiliate. Below, find the entire BlueClaws coaching staff.
Born: Concord, CA… Resides: Auburn, AL… Former pitcher. Moved to Jersey Shore (A) for the 2022 season after previously coaching with Reading (AA) in 2020-21, Clearwater (A) in 2019 and Lakewood (A) in 2018, his first season as a coach at the professional level. Pitched in the major leagues for four years for the Baltimore Orioles (2009-11) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2012), going 19-25 with four complete games and a 4.61 ERA in 102 games (59 starts). In 2013, made 14 appearances for the Chunichi Dragons of the Central League in Japan. More recently, pitched in the independent Atlantic League for the York Revolution (2015) and Lancaster Barnstormers (2017). Was originally selected by the Orioles in the fourth round of the June 2004 draft.
Born: Burbank, CA… Resides: Tampa, FL… Former outfielder. Joined the Phillies in 2021 as hitting coach in the Florida Complex League before being assigned to Jersey Shore (A) for the 2022 season. Spent 2020 as hitting coach for the New York Yankees’ Dominican Summer League team after five years (2015-19) as an assistant coach and strength & conditioning coach at Los Angeles Valley College (CA). Played professionally in the independent Pecos League with the Garden City Wind (2015) and Alpine Cowboys (2016). Earned his bachelor’s degree at East Central University (OK) and his master’s in kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University (CA).
Born: Natchitoches, LA… Resides: Spring, TX … Former infielder/outfielder. Joined Jersey Shore (A) for the 2022 season after spending two seasons managing Aceros de Monclava in the Mexican League, leading them to their first league championship in 2019. Prior to his stint in the Mexican League, spent four seasons (2015-18) in the Seattle Mariners organization as the manager of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA). Began his coaching career in the Chicago Cubs system, managing at West Tennessee (AA) and Tennessee in 2006 and 2007, respectively, before being promoted to Iowa (AAA) in 2008, where he was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year. Joined the Washington Nationals as third base coach at the major league level in 2009. Returned the Cubs as bench coach for the 2011 season and was named third base coach the following year. Spent 2013 as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor league infield coordinator before spending 2014 as the Houston Astros’ first base coach. As a player, spent parts of six major league seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers (1992-96) and Astros (1997), batting .251 in 503 career games. Named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1992 after batting .290 with a .352 OBP in 149 games. Was selected by Milwaukee in the fifth round of the June 1988 draft. His grandfather, Nora Listach, played in the majors for the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League in 1941.
Born: Fair Lawn, NJ… Resides: Fair Lawn… Joined Jersey Shore (A) for 2022 after spending last season with Lehigh Valley (AAA) as assistant athletic trainer. Was previously with Clearwater (A) in 2020 and spent two seasons (2018-19) with Williamsport (A). Also interned for two seasons (2016-17). Attained his bachelor’s degree in science, athletic training from East Stroudsburg University (PA) and is currently working toward his master’s degree from the California University of Pennsylvania. Was the recipient of the 2017 Dr. Clarence Livingood Scholarship Award from the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.
Born: Hoboken, NJ… Resides: Mechanicsville, VA… Joined Jersey Shore (A) for the 2022 season after two years with the Gulf Coast/Florida Complex League Phillies (R). Spent 2019 as a strength and conditioning intern with the GCL Phillies. Previously worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Virginia Commonwealth University for one year (2018). Earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a master’s degree in exercise science from Liberty University (VA).