The New York Yankees have announced that Julio Mosquera has been named the manager of the Charleston RiverDogs, becoming the 18th to hold the title in club history. The former big-league backstop enters his third season as a skipper with the Yankees, earning his first managerial position at the Class A level.
Mosquera, 45, joins the RiverDogs for the first time in what will be his 13th season in the Yankees farm system, including leading Short Season Staten Island to a 46-29 record and a playoff berth last year. He held managerial gigs in the rookie ball Gulf Coast League in 2015-16 and served as a catching coordinator in the system for nine seasons prior (2006-2014).
“I’ve been in Charleston many, many times and like a lot of things about it: great city, great ballpark, great fans, so I’m excited to come there, especially with the good young talent throughout the minor league system,” remarked Mosquera. “That’s always something that excites me.”
Mosquera’s Staten Island pitching staff was a dominant force in 2017, leading the New York-Penn League in ERA (2.64), WHIP (1.10), and shutouts (11), a trait that the new RiverDogs skipper expects will carry over to the Lowcountry this year.
“The talent [the Yankees] have right now, it’s amazing. We’ve got a great, great pitching staff, especially, and some of those guys that pitched for me last year, we led the league in almost every category, so I think that’s going to be a strong point again this year [in Charleston]. I think that’s going to be one of the biggest things we will have, a pitching staff that’s going to keep us in the game and give us a chance to win some ballgames.”
“Both with the pitching and our hitters, I think we’ll have something together this year that the fans can cheer for.”
Prior to his coaching career, the Panama native enjoyed a 15-year professional career as a player, highlighted by three stints in the Show, where he totaled 12 games between the Blue Jays and Brewers and tallied seven Major League hits. Originally signed by Toronto as an international free agent in 1991, Mosquera hit .277 with 51 home runs, 414 RBI, and 58 stolen bases across parts of 13 minor league seasons with the Blue Jays, Rays, Yankees, Rangers, Mariners, and Brewers. He currently resides in Tarpon Springs, Fla.