Anthony Contreras returns for third season as Fort Wayne TinCaps manager

Anthony Contreras takes to the field during a game at Parkview Field. (Photo courtesy Fort Wayne TinCaps)

Anthony Contreras and two of his coaches will return to the Fort Wayne TinCaps for the 2018 season, the parent San Diego Padres announced.

Burt Hooton will return as pitching coach and Jhonny Carvajal as fielding coach for the Class A franchise. Also returning is athletic trainer Allyse Kramer. New to the team will be first-year hitting coach Jonathan Mathews and strength coach Sam Hoffman.

Contreras, 34, returns for his third season, becoming the third manager in Fort Wayne history to lead the organization for three years. The others were Doug Dascenzo (2007-09) and Randy Ready (2004-06).

“I’m excited to return to Fort Wayne and build off the success we had last season,” Contreras said in a released statement. “We’re looking forward to developing another group of highly talented prospects.”

Contreras led the TinCaps to the Midwest League Championship series last season with the youngest roster in the Midwest League. The TinCaps Eastern Division championship was the third in the franchise’s 25-year history.

Hooton, 67, returns for his sixth season, extending the longest tenure of any coach in Fort Wayne history. TinCaps pitchers set a Midwest League record with 1,307 strikeouts last season.

Two others from last year’s staff, hitting coach Doug Banks and strength coach Jay Young, will start the season with Advanced Class A Lake Elsinore.

“It will be an absolute pleasure to work with Anthony again,” TinCaps President Mike Nutter said in a released statement. “He’s a tremendous leader and communicator, and someone I’m fortunate to call a friend. Likewise, Burt and his wife Ginger have become great friends and Burt’s credentials speak for themselves. We’re also thrilled to have Jhonny and Allyse return, and can’t wait to work with Jonathan and Sam, and for them to witness the amazing support we have from our fans.”