Pedrique brings Major League playing and coaching experience to Reading
The Reading Fightin Phils are excited to announce the addition of Al Pedrique to serve as the team’s manager through the 2023 season. Pedrick brings both 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 was successful at an 81% rate. That was good for fourth in Major League Baseball.
Prior to his lone year in Miami, Pedrick spent one season as manager of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate. In 2021, Pedrick led Jacksonville to a 75-55 record and a postseason appearance.
Since the 2018-20 season, Pedrick has been part of the Oakland Athletics. He was Oakland’s first base coach in 2018 and served as third base coach in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Pedrick spent several seasons in the New York Yankees system after being hired prior to the 2013 season. He spent one season each as manager of the Charleston RiverDogs (Low-A), Tampa Yankees (High-A), Trenton Thunder (Double-A) and was then named manager of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A). A) through the 2016 season. In Pedrick’s first season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he led them to the Triple-A National Championship in addition to playoff appearances in two seasons at the helm.
Pedrick’s previous Major League experience includes stints with the Houston Astros as a special assistant and bench coach. Notably, Pedrick convinced the Astros to sign then-16-year-old Jose Altuve.
In 2004, Pedrick served as the Arizona Diamondback’s interim manager to close out the season. He began that season as manager of the Tucson Sidewinders of Arizona’s Triple-A affiliate. In 2003, Pedrick was on the Diamondbacks’ major league staff as the team’s third base coach. His coaching career began in the minor leagues with stops from 2000-02 with the Diamondbacks, Astros and Kansas City Royals.
In 1978, Pedrick was signed by the New York Mets as a 17-year-old. He made his Major League debut in 1987 with the Mets and spent three seasons with New York, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers. Pedrick spent a total of 17 seasons in the Minor Leagues before retiring in 1994.
Pedrick’s staff in Reading will include;
Pitching coach Brad Bergesen remains in the Phillies organization. He was hired by the organization in 2018 to work with the Jersey Shore BlueClaws. Bergesen then worked for the Clearwater Threshers in 2019 and spent 2020 and 2021 with the R-Phils. His playing career included a brief stint in the MLB as well as a professional career in Japan.
Tyler Henson will enter his fourth season as Reading’s hitting coach. He has coached at all of the Phillies’ minor league ballparks. Henson also played in the farm system, appearing in 80 games for Baseballtown in 2013. 2006 he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth round. In total, Henson’s playing career spanned ten years, where he saw time at every position, but pitcher and catcher;
Ray Ricker joins R-Phils staff as position coach. Ricker has been with the Phillies organization since early 2020. Prior to joining the Phillies, Ricker was the head baseball coach and facilities manager at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Steve Torregrosa is slated to serve as the R-Phils athletic trainer through the 2023 season. Torregrosa has been an athletic trainer in the Phillies organization since 2016.
Rounding out the staff is Bruce Pedito, who returns to Reading for his second summer as strength and conditioning coach. Peditto joined the Phillies’ player development staff prior to the 2018 season and spent 2019 and 2021 with the BlueClaws. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports and exercise science from DeSales University.
We can’t wait to welcome 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) with a six game series. More information can be found at rphils.com or by calling 610-370-BALL.
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