Long-time Angels coach Soliz Joins Rockies as Manager at Short-Season A Boise

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From the offices of the Boise Hawks

BOISE -- Steve Soliz, who spent the last 16 seasons on the big-league staff of the Angels, will make his managerial debut in 2018 with the Rockies short-season Class A Boise affiliate. Also on the staff for the first year will be pitching coach Ryan Kibler, and Supervisor of Development Fred Ocassio.

"We are excited to welcome Steve as our new Manager this season," said Bob Flannery, Boise Hawks General Manager. "There is so much experience with this group of coaches and can't wait to have them here in Boise."

Soliz played in the minor leagues with the Indians (1993-99) and Padres (2000-01) before joining the Angels, where he was the bullpen catcher (2003-10), bullpen coach (2011-15) and catching coach (2016-18).

Galvez has been in the Rockies organization since 2013, making the transition from player to coach a year ago.

Kibler was the pitching coach with rookie-Grand Junction from 2012016, after spending four years as a pitcher in the minor leagues with the Rockies, who drafted him in the second round in 1999.

Ocasio has spent 23 years in the Rockies organization, initially as a player. Ocasio spent the last four years as manager of the High-A Lancaster. Ocasio managed Low-A Asheville from 2013-14, and from 2006-12 managed the Tri-City Dust Devils, which has since moved to Boise.