Cutters and Spikes name new managers
Major League Baseball and the Williamsport Crosscutters have announced that former San Francisco Giants minor league manager Billy Horton was tabbed to manage the Cutters in the inaugural season of the MLB Draft League. The State College Spikes also have a new manager in former Major League outfielder Delwyn Young.
Horton, 47, held several Minor League coaching positions in the Giants’ system from 2012-19, working exclusively with the organization’s Arizona Rookie League affiliates. Horton led the AZL Giants Orange squad to a winning record in his first year as manager in 2018, following a six-year stint on the AZL Giants’ coaching staff (2012-17) that included an AZL championship in 2013.
In 2019, Horton served as the AZL Giants Orange squad fundamentals coach. He has also worked in different capacities for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers.
“I’m really excited to get to Williamsport and start working with the coaches, players and front office staff,” Horton said. “We have an opportunity to make a great impact on these players’ lives both on and off the field, and helping prepare them for the next step in their baseball careers is something I look forward to.”
Young, 38, has deep bloodlines in baseball. His father, Delwyn Young Sr., played Minor League baseball from 1981-1994, and his uncle, Selwyn Young, also played in parts of five Minor League seasons from 1981-1995. Young’s grandfather, Fate Young, served as a Major League scout for more than four decades.
“Coming from a huge baseball family and all the years spent in a uniform or around a baseball diamond, I had never heard of an opportunity such as the MLB Draft League,” Young said. “I believe an opportunity of this magnitude will change the landscape of baseball for generations to come.”
“We are very much looking forward to giving Delwyn a big Happy Valley welcome,” said Spikes General Manager Scott Walker. “Delwyn’s MLB experience will be a tremendous asset to our players as they take their first step towards the big leagues, and we are excited to have him join our Spikes family.”
Joining Horton on the field staff at Williamsport will be pitching coach Jim Gott who had a 14-year Major League career with 4 teams and hitting coach Anthony Manuel, the son of former Major League player and manager Jerry Manuel.
Williamsport and State College are two of six founding members of the MLB Draft League, joining the Frederick Keys, Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Trenton Thunder and West Virginia Black Bears.
Other managers in the league’s inaugural year include; Coco Crisp (Mahoning Valley), Jedd Gyorko (West Virginia), Derrick May (Frederick) and Jeff Manto (Trenton).
The inaugural season in the MLB Draft League will consist of 68 games:34 home and away for each club.