Former big league outfielder Julio Borbon, who’s been coaching and managing in the Yankees’ minor league system since his retirement, announced this week that he’s accepted a new position on the Twins’ player development staff (Twitter link). He’ll serve as the team’s new assistant coordinator of player development as he takes the next step in his post-playing career within the game.
Borbon, 36 next month, thanked the Yankees for “[providing] me with the right culture and structure to start my coaching career.” He originally joined the Yankees organization for the 2019 season and has since served as a defensive/baserunning coach before moving up to manage the Yankees’ Florida Coast League affiliate in 2021. Borbon, who spent the bulk of his playing days with the Rangers, is likely quite familiar with Twins general manager Thad Levine, who was an assistant general manager in Texas during Borbon’s time there.
Borbon spent parts of five seasons playing in the Majors, logging time with the Rangers, Cubs and Orioles along the way. In 294 games and 878 plate appearances, he posted a .273/.318/.347 batting line with eight homers, 19 doubles, eight triples and 47 stolen bases. Best known for his speed and ability to play all three outfield positions, Borbon also compiled a .294/.345/.384 batting line in parts of nine minor league seasons before retiring as a player after a 2018 campaign spent on the independent circuit.
I was hoping for him to be on the Rox.
I honestly didn’t even catch that. Thanks.
I’ll raise a drink to that
No organization teaches the game the way it’s meant to be played better than the Twins. They hired a winner as usual.
Cleveland consistently finishes ahead of the Twins with a much smaller payroll. I would say they are better at development, same goes for the Rays. The Twins payroll has been pretty large the last few seasons with little results.