Three coaches will be making their Triple-A baseball debuts for the Round Rock Express in the upcoming 2019 season, according to a press release issued by the baseball team Jan. 24.
The Express named Mickey Storey as the team’s manager. Storey comes from the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits, a Houston Astros minor league affiliate based in Davenport, Iowa. The 32-year-old coach previously played for the Houston Astros in 2012, during which he posted a 3.86 ERA in 26 appearances.
Joining Storey on the Express staff are pitching coach Drew French and hitting coach Ben Rosenthal.
French has been with the Houston Astros organization for four years, per the press release, and spent the past two years with the Buies Creek Astros and the Quad Cities River Bandits. The pitching coach is a native of Austin, according to the press release, and attended Stephen F. Austin High School.
Rosenthal is entering his third season in the Houston Astros organization, having spent the last two seasons with the Buies Creek Astros and the Quad Cities River Bandits. The former catcher spent two seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, according to the press release.
The Round Rock Express are entering the organization’s 20th anniversary season. In September, the team announced it was parting ways with the Texas Rangers organization, and two weeks later the team became affiliated with the Houston Astros.
The Express were founded as a Double-A franchise in 2000 by Ryan Sanders Baseball, a group made up of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, his sons Reid and Reese, and Houston businessman Don Sanders and his sons, Bret and Brad. Reid Ryan serves as the president of business operations for the Astros while Nolan Ryan is an executive advisor.