The Gulf Coast League Rays, our new affiliate that will play at the Rays training facility in Charlotte County, will be managed by Joe Alvarez. Alvarez joined the Rays organization in 2008 as the manager for Hudson Valley. Darwin Peguero will serve as the Pitching Coach in his first stateside coaching assignment, having spent the last three years as the Dominican Summer League Rays Pitching Coach.
Coach Ben Oglivie begins his third year in the Rays system after coaching at Montgomery in 2008. Reinaldo Ruiz joins the GCL staff after coaching the Venezuelan Summer League Rays for the last two years. Jorge Vargas, who earned his Master's in athletic training from Seton Hall University, has been named the trainer and will begin his first full-time job in professional baseball. The GCL Rays also existed from 1996-98 and played at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg.