The Atlanta Braves hired Doug Dascenzo as their minor league baserunning and outfielder coordinator, ajc.com reports. The hire comes fresh off the announcement that Dascenzo was named Texas League manager of the year with the San Diego Padres' double-A affiliate in San Antonio.
The Braves have had a larger emphasis on speed in recent drafts and are looking for Dascenzo to bring the most out of prospects. He stole 30 bases in five consecutive minor league seasons and spent parts of seven minor league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Padres.
Dascenzo began his major league career with 241 consecutive games without an error, a National League record at the time.
Dascenzo's San Antonio Missions went 100-47 in the Texas League last season, including the playoffs, good for a Texas League championship and the best record in all of the minors. He has also been named manager of the year in the Midwest League in 2009.
Though the move would moreso impact the future, it would help the Braves improve on a running game that ranked 14th in the National League in 2011 with only 77 stolen bases, even with the addition of Michael Bourn.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Doug Dascenzo, MLB