Former Big Leaguer Burba Returns for 2nd Year As High-A Lancaster Pitching Coach

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From the Lancaster JetHawks

Lancaster, CA - Lancaster, the Rockies High-A affiliate in the California League, will have a big-league touch to it's 2019 coaching staff with the promotion of Scott Little from Short-Season A Boise to be the manager, and the return of Dave Burba the pitching coach.

Along with Little and Burba, Frank Gonzalez returns as the Supervisor of Development, Tom Sutaris as the hitting coach, Josh Guterman as the trainer, and Joey Scott as the clubhouse manager.

Gonzales, who returns for a second year as the Supervisor, helped guide the 2018 JetHawks to the playoffs, for a record seventh consecutive season. He will be embarking on his seventh year in the Rockies organization, having previously served as Manager of the Grand Junction Rockies ('16-'17) and Boise Hawks ('15) as well as two seasons as the Pitching Coach for the Tri-City Dust Devils ('13-'14).

The native of La Junta, CO played collegiately at Colorado State University before spending eight years in the professional ranks, primarily in the Detroit Tigers organization.

Little becomes the 19th different manager in the history of the JetHawks. It will mark his 4th season coaching in the Rockies organization, having spent the prior three ('16-'18) with the Boise Hawks, the last two as the manager. Little was a seventh-round draft choice of the Mets out of the University of Missouri in 1984. He reached the big leagues with the Pirates in 1989.

Burba is embarking on his ninthy season with the Rockies. Before joining Lancaster a year ago, he was the pitching coach for Rockies affiliates at short-season A Tri-City (2011-12), High-A Modesto (2013-14) and and Double-A Hardford (2015-17). Drafted by the Mariners with the first selection of the second round in 2017, Burba spent 15 years in the big leagues, winning 115 games in a career that saw him spend time with six Major League clubs.

Sutaris joined the Rockies organization a year ago as the hitting coach in Lancaster. He previously coached at the collegiate level with University of Incarnate Word and the University of Texas. The native of Toms River, New Jersey played professionally in the Frontier League from 1993-1996.

Guterman, a native of Northern California, is preparing for his 11th season in the Rockies organization. He was recognized by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) as the California League Trainer of the Year a year ago, his first in Lancaster.

Scott returns to Lancaster for a third year, his fifth year in the Rockies Organization. He was recognized as the 2018 California League Clubhouse Manager of the year for his work last season.

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