Twins announce more moves to minor league and training staff
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The Minnesota Twins announced four new hires on Wednesday, including three that involve the athletic training staff.
Brad Steil, who has spent 12 years in the Twins organization, was named director of minor league operations.
Dave Pruemer was promoted to head athletic trainer, Tony Leo was named assistant athletic trainer and Lanning Tucker was given the title of assistant athletic trainer and rehabilitation coordinator. All three also were promoted.
The Twins made several moves with their coaching and athletic training staff after finishing last in the American League Central for a second consecutive season.
That included firing head athletic trainer Rick McWane.
Steil had spent the last five years as the Twins' director of baseball operations. The native of Litchfield, Minn., was responsible for establishing and overseeing the budget for the minor league, major league and scouting departments and also acted as the liaison between the technology and baseball departments in regard to the club's computer scouting and evaluation programs.
Pruemer, who has spent 18 seasons in the Twins organization, was the team's assistant athletic trainer for the past eight years. Pruemer attended the University of Southern Illinois where he received his bachelor of science degree in athletic training.
Leo, who has spent 15 seasons with the Twins organization, was the assistant athletic trainer and rehabilitation coordinator for the last three years. Leo attended Bowling Green State where he received his bachelor of science degree in sports management with an athletic training emphasis.
Tucker, a 21-year veteran with the Twins organization, earned his master's degree in sports medicine from United States Sports Academy. He spent time at several professional levels, including Elizabethton (1992-93), Fort Myers (1994-95, '98) and New Britain (1996-97). Tucker has been head minor league trainer and rehab coordinator for Twins since 1999.