HAGERSTOWN — Brian Daubach will return as manager of the Hagerstown Suns for the 2012 season, the Washington Nationals announced Monday.
Daubach, 39, led the Suns to a 75-64 record in his first season as a manager in the Nationals organization. Daubach managed both Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg at separate points in 2011. Harper began his professional career with Hagerstown before being promoted to Double-A Harrisburg and Strasburg made three rehab appearances with the team.
He posted a winning record in both halves of the South Atlantic League season and was named the manager of the North Division team at the 2011 South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Daubach will be joined by new pitching coach Franklin Bravo and new hitting coach Mark Harris.
Bravo, 32, enters his 10th season as a pitching coach in the Nationals organization. After beginning his coaching career as the pitching coach with the DSL Expos in 2003, Bravo served in the same capacity for the Nationals’ New York-Penn League affiliates since 2004. He spent a portion of the 2009 season as the Suns interim pitching coach after being promoted from Nationals extended spring training.
Harris, 53, enters his sixth season as a coach in the minors and his second in the Nationals organization. Harris served as a roving coach for the Kansas City Royals in 2007 before becoming the team’s minor league infield coordinator in 2008. Harris was the hitting coach for the Potomac Nationals in 2011.