Rangers Finalize Coaching Staff

Per John Blake, the Rangers have announced Anthony lapoce will be the team's hitting coach, Brad Holman will be the bullpen coach, Justin Mashore the assistant hitting instructor, and Bobby Jones will hold the position of replay coordinator. 

Anthony lapoce is the lone unknown from the group, as Holman, Mashore and Jones are each internal promotions from Triple-A Round Rock. Here's what Evan Grant writes of him:

Iapoce, 42, has spent the last three seasons as the Chicago Cubs' Special Assistant to the General Manager/Player Development, overseeing that club's minor league hitting program while contributing to additional projects for the organization.  Prior to joining the Cubs, he spent three seasons as Toronto's roving hitting coordinator from 2010-12 after beginning his coaching career in the Marlins system from 2006-09.

It's an interesting choice for hitting coach, as the Rangers decided on a voice that had some hand in developing the embarrassment of promising young position players in Chicago. With Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Lewis Brinson each gunning for full-time roles as early as 2017, the hope is that lapoce will similarly aid in their transitions.