The Saltdogs named Bobby Brown, former Amarillo Thunderheads manager, manager for the 2016 season. Under Brown's leadership, Amarillo sold five players to MLB organization from 2013-15, with two of them reaching the big leagues.
David Peralta hit .352 in 42 games for Brown's Amarillo club in 2013 before being signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Less than one year later, Peralta reached "The Show," where he hit .286 with eight home runs and nine triples in 88 games. In 2015, Peralta hit .312 with 17 home runs and 78 RBI and led the National League with 10 triples. He finished 10th among N.L. offensive players in WAR.
"We are excited to add Bobby to our coaching staff," Saltdogs President/GM Charlie Meyer said. "With his knowledge and experience in the American Association, he'll make a very valuable asset to our organization."
Brown led Amarillo to a 52-48 season in 2013, and a 134-165 record overall in three years as manager.
John Holdzkom pitched for Amarillo in 2014, and finished that season pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he went 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in nine games.
A Van Nuys, Calif. native, Brown managed Abilene of the North American League in 2012 and was the hitting coach for San Angelo in 2011. Brown played professionally for eight seasons, spending 1997 in the Kansas City Royals organization, and played collegiately at the University of Oklahoma.