Potomac Nationals Announce 2012 Coaching Staff
Brian Rupp Headlines New Trio
Brian Rupp has been named the manager of the 2012 Potomac Nationals and will lead an all-new staff for the club in the upcoming season. Rupp, who skippered the Wilmington Blue Rocks for the previous three seasons, is no stranger to the Carolina League, and will join the Nationals for his twelfth season as a minor league manager. Joining Rupp on the P-Nats staff are Chris Michalak – who will be the club’s pitching coach – and Marlon Anderson, the hitting coach.
Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 43rd round of the 1992 Draft, Rupp spent seven seasons in the Cardinals’ minor league system and made it as high as AAA. A .295 career hitter over eight seasons, and a rising star in the Cardinals system immediately after he was drafted. The MVP and batting champion of the Arizona league in his rookie season, he beat out Derek Jeter for the South Atlantic League batting crown in 1993, his second year, with a .320 average.
Rupp has made six playoff appearances as a minor league manager, including most recently in 2009 with the Blue Rocks. In 2008 Rupp led the Burlington Bees to the Midwest League Championship.
Michalak, who was the pitching coach in Hagerstown the previous two seasons, moves up the Nationals’ system to Potomac. The lefthander, who pitched for parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues, sported a 10-15 MLB record with an ERA of 4.70. Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 12th Round of the 1993 Draft out of Notre Dame, Michalak made his big league debut August 22, 1998 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He earned his first big league win three seasons later in dramatic fashion. Then with the Toronto Blue Jays, Michalak tossed six shutout innings at Yankee Stadium and earned a 3-2 victory.
Anderson spent 2010 alongside Michalak as the hitting coach in Hagerstown, a role he assumed after a distinguished big league career. Drafted in the second round of the 1995 Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, Anderson made a rapid ascent through the Philadelphia system and made his MLB debut in September of 1998. The Phillies’ starting second baseman for the next three seasons, Anderson hit .266 over 479 games with the Phillies before he signed a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Anderson went on to play for six more seasons in the majors with four different organizations, including the Washington Nationals, who signed him in 2006.