Managers Get Promotions as Brewers Announce 2024 Minor League Coaching Staffs

All but one of the top four affiliates will have new managers this season.
Mar 16, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; A general view of game action between the Milwaukee Brewers and
Mar 16, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; A general view of game action between the Milwaukee Brewers and / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers minor league organization has come a long way over the course of the last few seasons. A lot of that has been because of the many talented coaches that exist at all different levels.

Eventually, some of those many talented coaches deserve promotions. Well on Thursday, the Brewers announced the coaching staffs for every level of the minor leagues and with that came a series of promotions, including for some of the organization's managers from last season.

Mike Guerrero, who had spent 26 years of his career as a manager in the minor leagues for different organizations, will have a totally different type of role in 2024. This year, he will be serving as a roving infield instructor for the player development staff.

Guerrero comes off of seven seasons as the manager of the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers. In that time, he amassed nearly 500 wins and won two division titles. With that position open, it created a cascade effect of managers moving up a level to fill spots.

To replace Guerrero, Joe Ayrault moves into the vacant spot. The former Braves catcher had been a minor league manager in the Brewers organization for quite some time but had specifically been leading the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for the last two seasons.

Naturally, his open position will be filled by Victor Estevez who, similarly to Ayrault, spent his last two seasons as manager for the Low-A Carolina Mudcats. Last season, he even was named the 2023 Carolina League Manager of the Year.

To round out the managerial moves within the high level affiliates, Nick Stanley will now head up the squad in Carolina. He was most recently a bench coach under Guerrero in Bilxoi and was also a hitting coach under Ayrault in Wisconsin prior to that.

The one managerial position among the top levels to see no change is at Triple-A Nashville. Rick Sweet returns to lead the Sounds for the fourth straight season and will be the club's Triple-A manager for the ninth season in a row.

Coaching staffs at every level, including the big leagues, are now officially set. All that's left is to get those players on the field and play ball!