Corey Ragsdale, the manager of the Down East Wood Ducks of the high-A Carolina League in 2019, has been named Baseball America’s 2019 Minor League Manager of the Year.
Ragsdale was the Rangers’ minor league field coordinator as well as being the manager for the Ducks, which meant he was essentially holding down two full time jobs in the Rangers’ organization last year. The Ducks went 87-52 in 2019 before losing to Fayetteville in the playoff semi-finals.
Ragsdale was originally drafted by the New York Mets in 2001, and came to the Rangers as a minor league free agent after the 2007 season. He played in the Rangers’ minor league system in 2008 and 2009 before starting his coaching career with Texas.
Ragsdale is replacing Jayce Tingler, who was hired to be the San Diego Padres’ manager last month, as the major league team’s field coordinator for the 2020 season, which means he will be part of the major league coaching staff.