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Brian Esposito

Name: Brian Esposito
Born: 2/24/79 (41 years old)
Birthplace: Staten Island, N.Y.
Resides: Sarasota, Fla.
College: University of Connecticut
Manager: 7th season (3rd with Indianapolis)
Pirates Organization: 9th season

Coaching and managing prior to Indianapolis:
Began his coaching career in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2013 as a player-coach for Indianapolis ... Managed Jamestown in 2014 before jumping to Single-A West Virginia for the 2015 and 2016 campaigns ... His 2015 team won a club record 87 games and posted a .626 winning percentage, the third-best mark among all full-season teams in Minor League Baseball ... Served as manager for Short-Season A West Virginia in 2017, guiding the team to a 40-35 record and second-place finish in the New York-Penn League's Pinckney Division.

2018 in Indianapolis:
Led the Indians to a 73-67 record in 2018, marking the 12th time in 18 seasons where Indy has finished above .500 as Pittsburgh's top affiliate ... Club finished in a tie for second with Columbus in the IL West Division, just a half-game back of Toledo ... Also came up 1.0 game short of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the IL Wild Card race ... Team was a season-high 8.5 games behind Toledo on 6/2 before a 37-23 stretch to 8/4 that staked Indy with a 4.5-game division lead ... Sent nine players to Pittsburgh for their MLB debuts, including pitchers Tanner Anderson, Nick Burdi, Clay Holmes, Nick Kingham and Alex McRae, and position players Kevin Kramer, Austin Meadows, Kevin Newman and Pablo Reyes ... Earned his 300th career win as manager on 8/18 at Lehigh Valley.

2019 in Indianapolis:
Led the Indians to a 66-74 record in 2019, the club's worst finish since going 66-78 in 2004 ... Team tied for second with Toledo in the International League West Division, 15.0 games behind Columbus ... Became the 26th manager in team history to reach 100 wins, thanks to an 11-5 win on 5/26 at Columbus ... Was a season-high 11 games over .500 twice (31-20 on 5/31, 34-23 on 6/6) and a season-low nine games under once (65-74 on 9/1) ... Went 18-9 in May but ended the first half of the season at .500, went 22-30 after the break ... Saw nine players make their major league debuts in 2019, including position players Jason Martin, Cole Tucker and Bryan Reynolds, and right-handed pitchers Montana DuRapau, Geoff Hartlieb, Mitch Keller, Dario Agrazal, Luis Escobar and James Marvel.

Spent the season at Pittsburgh's Alternate Training Site in Altoona, Pa.

Playing Career:
Selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fifth round (152nd overall) of the 2000 MLB Amateur Draft ... Played 13 seasons professionally with the Boston, Anaheim, Texas, St. Louis, Colorado, Houston and Chicago (NL) organizations between 2000 and 2012 ... Hit .216, belted 38 home runs and tallied 237 RBI while throwing out 27% of would-be basestealers in the minor leagues ... Made MLB debut as a defensive replacement on 6/2/07 with St. Louis vs. Houston ... Logged two more major league appearances in 2010 with the Astros ... Played collegiately at the University of Connecticut, where he was voted Team MVP in 1999.

2014 Jamestown New York-Penn (Short) 35 40 .467 2nd N/A
2015 West Virginia South Atlantic (Low-A) 87 52 .626 1st Reached Semifinal (1-2)
2016 West Virginia South Atlantic (Low-A) 71 68 .511 5th N/A
2017 West Virginia New York-Penn (Short) 40 35 .533 T-2nd N/A
2018 Indianapolis International (Triple-A) 73 67 .521 T-2nd N/A
2019 Indianapolis International (Triple-A) 66 74 .471 T-2nd N/A
CAREER TOTALS: 372 336 .525 (1-2)(.333)(Postseason)

Pitching Coach

Joel Hanrahan

Name: Joel Hanrahan
Born: 10/6/81 (39 years old)
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa
Resides: Lewisville, Texas
School: Norwalk (Iowa) Community High School
Minor League Instructor: 5th season (1st with Indianapolis)
Pirates Organization: 5th season

Coaching Career:
Began coaching career in 2017 with Rookie-Advanced Bristol ... Moved up to Single-A West Virginia in 2018 ... Club ranked among South Atlantic League leaders in shutouts (T-3rd, 11), ERA (4th, 3.40), saves (T-4th, 38), fewest hits allowed (T-4th, 1040), and WHIP (5th, 1.23) ... In 2019, led the Altoona pitching staff to a 3.69 ERA (494er/1205.2ip) ... 18 of the Curve's 69 wins were shutouts ... led the league in shutouts, complete games (six) and double plays induced (116) ... Saw two pitchers, Dario Agrazal and James Marvel, promoted to Indianapolis and later Pittsburgh after beginning the season with Altoona ... Spent 2020 at Pittsburgh's Alternate Training Site in Altoona, Pa.

Playing Career:
Selected by Los Angeles (NL) in the second round (57th overall) of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft ... Named to the Southern League postseason All-Star team in 2003 ... Also tabbed as the Southern League Most Outstanding Pitcher that season ... Named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week on 6/11/06 ... Made major league debut as a starter for Washington on 7/28/07 at New York (NL) ... Earned his first MLB win in his second career MLB appearance on 8/4/07 vs. St. Louis ... Opened the 2008 season as a reliever ... Traded to Pittsburgh from Washington on 6/30/09 with OF Lastings Milledge in exchange for OF Nyjer Morgan and LHP Sean Burnett ... Named a National League All-Star in 2011 after leading Pittsburgh with a club-record 26 saves before the break ... went 40-44 in save opportunities and was named Pirates MVP following the 2011 season ... Earned NL All-Star honors with Pittsburgh again in 2012 ... Traded to Boston from Pittsburgh on 12/26/12 with INF Brock Holt in exchange for INF Ivan De Jesus Jr., OF Jerry Sands and RHPs Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel ... Had Tommy John surgery on 5/16/13 ... Graduated from Norwalk (Iowa) Community High School in 2000 and had his uniform No. 3 retired in 2010.

Hitting Coach

Jon Nunnally

Name: Jon Nunnally
Born: 11/9/71 (49 years old)
Birthplace: Pelham, N.C.
Resides: Ringgold, Va.
School: Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.)
Minor League Instructor: 14th season (1st with Indianapolis)
Pirates Organization: 3rd season

Coaching Career:
Began coaching career with High-A Kinston ... In 2007, team led the Carolina League in home runs (152), RBI (713), walks (605), total bases (2032), on-base percentage (.362), slugging percentage (.436) and OPS (.799) ... Led the league with fewest strikeouts (889) in 2008 ... Joined Triple-A Columbus in 2009 ... Coached the team to a league-leading .275 batting average, the most hits (1318) and fewest strikeouts (770) while tying for the lead in doubles (295) ... Promoted to the Cleveland Indians in 2010 and served as the hitting coach for two seasons ... Transferred to the Toronto minor league system for three years ... His 2013 Triple-A Buffalo team led the International League in slugging percentage (.405) and OPS (.736) and was second in home runs (128) ... Spent two years in the Boston minor league system with High-A Salem and Double-A Portland ... Served as the Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator for Los Angeles (AL) from 2017-18 ... Joined the Pirates organization for the first time in a coaching capacity in 2019 as Double-A Altoona's hitting coach ... Spent 2020 at Pittsburgh's Alternate Training Site in Altoona, Pa.

Playing Career:
Selected by Baltimore in the 39th round (1042nd overall) of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign ... Selected by Cleveland in the third round (70th overall) of the 1992 First-Year Player Draft ... Selected by Kansas City from Cleveland in the 1994 Rule 5 Draft ... Made his major league debut on 4/26/95 as a pinch runner vs. Baltimore, scored a run ... Hit a leadoff home run off Melido Perez in his first major league at-bat on 4/29/95 vs. New York (AL) ... Traded to Cincinnati from Kansas City on 7/15/97 with INF Chris Stynes in exchange for RHPs Hector Carrasco and Scott Service ... Slashed .318/.400/.602 in 65 games with Cincinnati in 1997 ... Appeared in 79 games for Indianapolis in 1998 ... Traded to Boston from Cincinnati on 3/25/99 in exchange for RHP Pat Flury ... Traded to New York (NL) from Boston on 11/12/99 in exchange for OF Jermaine Allensworth ... Played with Indianapolis in 2004-05 as a member of the Milwaukee and Pittsburgh organizations ... Ended his career in 2006 in the Mexican League.

Assistant Coach

Gustavo Omana

Name: Gustavo Omana
Born: 9/24/85 (35 years old)
Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela
Minor League Instruction: 9th season
Pirates Organization: 3rd season

Coaching Career:
Began coaching in 2010 and spent six years as a hitting coach for the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Academy ... Served as assistant coach for Everglades (Miramar, Fla.) High School in 2017 ... Joined the Pirates organization as a coach in 2018 ... Assigned to coach the GCL Pirates in 2020.

Playing Career:
Signed with Cincinnati as a non-drafted free agent in 2004 ... Spent three seasons in the Venezuelan Summer League.

Athletic Trainer

Justin Ahrens

Name: Justin Ahrens
Born: 8/24/88 (32 years old)
Birthplace: Beloit, Wis.
Resides: Las Vegas, Nev.
School: Fresno Pacific University
Minor League Instructor: 11th season (1st with Indianapolis)
Pirates Organization: 10th season

Athletic Training Career:
Ahrens enters his 10th season as an athletic trainer, his ninth in the Pittsburgh organization and his first in Indianapolis ... Spent the past three seasons with Double-A Altoona ... Worked with Bradenton from 2015-16 ... Named the Florida State League's Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2016 ... Was with Single-A West Virginia in 2013-14 ... Spent the 2012 season with Short-Season A State College ... Worked the 2011 season in the Dominican Republic with Oakland.

Ahrens received a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Carroll University (Waukesha, Wis.) in 2011 ... Received his master's degree in kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University in 2016 ... Interned with the Minnesota Twins organization in 2010.

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Alan Burr

Name: Alan Burr
Born: 9/26/83 (37 years old)
Birthplace: Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
Resides: Clay, N.Y.
School: Appalachian State University
Strength and Conditioning Coach: 9th season (4th with Indianapolis)
Pirates Organization: 9th season

Strength and Conditioning Coaching Career:
Burr enters his eighth season with the Pirates organization, his fourth with the Indians ... Previously worked with Double-A Altoona in 2014 and 2016, High-A Bradenton in 2015 and Single-A West Virginia in 2013 ... Spent six years in the collegiate ranks prior to entering Minor League Baseball ... Was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Florida International University for two years (2011-12) and worked at Central Connecticut State University from 2008-11 ... Served as a strength and conditioning coach intern during the summer of 2008 at the Georgia Institute of Technology ... Also served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Appalachian State University from 2006-08 ... Began his strength and conditioning coaching career at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in summer of 2006.

Is a certified and registered strength and conditioning coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association a­nd is a member of the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coach Society ... Is a 2008 graduate of Appalachian State University, where he received a master’s degree in exercise science ... Also a 2005 graduate of East Carolina University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science ... Resides in Clay, N.Y., with his wife Erin ... Has two sons; Carter (6) and Weston (3).