Pedrique brings big league playing and coaching experience to Reading
The Reading Fightin Phils are pleased to announce the addition of Al Pedrique to serve as their team manager for the 2023 season. Pedrique brings major league playing and coaching experience to Reading.
Pedrick most recently served as the third base coach for the Miami Marlins, under now-former manager Don Mattingly. In his only year with the Marlins, Miami stole 122 bases and an 81% successful rate. That was good for fourth across Major League Baseball.
Prior to his only year in Miami, Pedrick spent one season as manager of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimps, the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate. In 2021, Pedrick led Jacksonville to a 75-55 record and two postseason appearances.
From the 2018-20 seasons, Pedrick was on the Oakland Athletics team. He was the starting coach for Oakland in 2018 and served as the third base coach through the 2019 and 20 seasons.
Pedrique spent several seasons in the New York Yankees system after being hired prior to the 2013 season. He spent one season – all season as manager of the Charleston RiverDogs (Low-A), Tampa Yankees (High-A), Trenton Thunder (Double-A) and was then promoted to lead the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A) prior to the 2016 season. In Pedrick’s first season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he led them to a Triple-A national championship, as well as making playoff appearances in both seasons at the helm.
Pedrick’s previous major league experience includes his stint with the Houston Astros as a special assistant and bench coach. Notably, Pedrick convinced the Astros to sign 16-year-old Jose Altuve.
In 2004, Pedrick served as interim manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks to finish the season. He started this season as manager for the Triple-A affiliate of Arizona’s Tucson Sidewinders. In 2003, Pedrick was on the big league Diamondbacks as the team’s third base coach. His coaching career began with minor league stops with the Diamondbacks, Astros, and Kansas City Royals from 2000-02.
Pedrick was signed by the New York Mets when he was 17 years old in 1978. He made his major league debut in 1987 with the Mets and spent parts of three seasons with New York, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Detroit Tigers. Pedrique spent a total of 17 seasons in the minor leagues before retiring from the game in 1994.
Pedrique’s staff at Reading will include:
Pitching coach Brad Bergesen remains with the Phillies organization. He was hired by the organization in 2018 to work with the Jersey Shore BlueClaws. Bergesen then worked for Clearwater Threshers in 2019 and spent 2020 and 2021 with R-Phils. His playing career included short stints in the MLB, along with professional time in Japan.
Tyler Henson will be entering his fourth season as Reading’s hitting coach. He has had stints teaching all of the Phillies’ minor league ballparks. Henson played in the farm system as well, appearing in 80 games for Baseballtown in 2013. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth round in 2006. In total, Henson’s playing career spanned ten years as he saw time at every position but pitcher and catcher .
Ray Ricker joins the R-Phils staff as a position coach. Ricker has worked for the Phillies organization since the beginning of 2020. Prior to joining the Phillies, Ricker was the head baseball coach and director of equipment at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Steve Torregrosa has been named the R-Phils athletic coach for the 2023 season. Torregrosa has been an athletic coach within the Phillies organization since 2016.
Rounding out the staff is Bruce Pedetto, who will return for his second summer at Reading as strength and conditioning coach. Peditto joined the Phillies’ player development squad prior to the 2018 season and spent 2019 and 2021 with the BlueClaws. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science from DeSales University.
We can’t wait to welcome the fans back to America’s Classic Ballpark! The R-Phils will open their home schedule on Tuesday, April 11, against the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies) for a six-game series. More information can be found at rphils.com or by calling 610-370-BALL.
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