The Road City Explorers of the East Coast Baseball League (ECBL) have named former Los Angeles Angels pitching prospect Spencer Trygg as their new manager.
This announcement came on Tuesday as Sean Repay was originally named the club’s manager in February, but he recently accepted a job as the bullpen coach for the Gary Southshore Railcats of the American Association.
Last summer, Repay was hired by the Bisbee Blue of the Pecos League as the youngest manager in professional baseball at the age of 28. He guided the club to a 33-30 record in its inaugural season and missed the playoffs by just two games. Repay helped nine of his players get promoted to higher independent baseball leagues, and also helped right-handed pitcher Michael Heller get signed by the San Francisco Giants last September. The Blue also sent five players to the Pecos League All-Star Game.
Trygg, 24, will assume managerial duties for the Explorers following Repay’s departure from the club. Trygg spent the last two seasons in the Los Angeles Angels organization. The right-handed pitcher struggled as he posted a 5.69 ERA in those two seasons between Rookie ball, Low-A, and High-A.
He was released by the Angels last December.
This isn’t the first time this month that an ECBL team has seen a manager depart from their respective club. Less than a couple of weeks ago, the Waterloo Whiskey Jacks saw both their field manager (Takashi Miyoshi) and their general manager (Brian Bourke) leave the club for personal reasons.
The Explorers are slated to play their first game of the 2015 season in May.
Anton Joe is an Independent League Baseball Writer for Baseball Essential. You can follow him on Twitter @AntonJoe_BBE.