EL PASO – Phillip Wellman has been named the new manager of the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Chihuahuas and San Diego Padres announced today. Wellman becomes the seventh manager in Chihuahuas history.
The Chihuahuas’ 2023 staff also includes pitching coach Scott Mitchell, assistant pitching coach Jimmy Jones, hitting coach Raul Padron, bench coach Brian Esposito, athletic trainers Josh DiLoreto and Maritza Castro and strength coach A.J. Russell.
“I’m extremely excited about the coming season. The Padres have blessed me with a tremendous staff and I’m sure we’ll have very talented players as well. Going to work in a top notch facility with a loyal fan base is something I look forward to being a part of,” Wellman said.
“Throughout our history, and thanks to our Major League affiliate the San Diego Padres, the Chihuahuas have been fortunate to be led by talented and experienced coaching staffs and managers, many with a long-term background in professional baseball. No doubt that our extraordinary on-field success has been a result of the leadership of these individuals,” said MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford. “As we head into our historic 10th season, it’s fitting that we are fortunate to welcome to El Paso and Southwest University Park another talented and experienced staff led by manager Phillip Wellman.”
“We are eager to work with our new field staff for the 10th Anniversary Season. I am especially excited to be reunited with Phillip Wellman, as he was my first manager in professional baseball in 1995 in Huntington, West Virginia,” said Chihuahuas Senior Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “I cannot wait to have our front office staff and our fans join me in welcoming him, and our entire field staff, to El Paso.”
Wellman is entering his eighth season in the Padres organization and his 35th as a manager or coach in Minor League Baseball. Prior to joining the Padres, Wellman worked in the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels organizations. He was the manager for Double-A championship teams in the Southern League (2008 with the Mississippi Braves) and the Texas League (2019 with the Amarillo Sod Poodles). Wellman played professionally in the Braves, Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations from 1984-1987.
Mitchell is entering his first season in the Padres organization. He was…