120717 Osprey manager re-ups

The Missoula Osprey announced Wednesday that Mike Benjamin will return to lead the franchise in 2018 after the Osprey swept the Pioneer League North titles last summer.

TOMMY MARTINO, Missoulian

MISSOULA — The Missoula Osprey, in conjunction with the Arizona Diamondbacks, announced Wednesday that Mike Benjamin will return as manager for the club's 20th season in Missoula.

Benjamin managed the Osprey to both the first and second half titles in the Pioneer League’s Northern Division in 2017, a first in franchise history.

Shane Loux returns as the Osprey pitching coach. The O’s staff allowed the least amount of walks in the Pioneer League last year while finishing second in saves and fifth in ERA.

Jose Amado joins the Osprey as their hitting coach after spending 2017 in the same job for the Kane County Cougars (Class A Midwest League). Amado played 14 professional seasons, primarily as a corner infielder in the Mariners, Royals and Reds organizations. Prior to being the hitting coach in Kane County, Amado was the hitting coach for the Hillsboro Hops in 2016.

Eddie Oropesa joins Missoula as the new bullpen coach. He pitched in the major leagues for the Phillies (2001), Diamondbacks (2002-2003) and the Padres (2004). In 2012, Oropesa was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers to work with then-newly signed Yasiel Puig.

Damon Reel will be the trainer, and Derek Clovis will be the strength and conditioning coach.

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