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Ricky Rivera to Manage Single-A Fayetteville Following Joe Thon’s Promotion

Courtesy of Ricky Rivera

The Houston Astros have yet to announce their minor-league staffs for the 2023 season. But on Tuesday, player development director Sara Goodrum announced Joe Thon will manage Double-A Corpus Christi for the upcoming season, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. The promotion followed the departure of Gregorio Petit, who is now the manager of the Oakland A’s Single-A affiliate.

Joe Thon, the son of former Astros infielder Dickie Thon, joined the organization in 2021. Filling his vacancy in Fayetteville is Ricky Rivera, Astros Future learned Tuesday. Rivera managed the Florida Complex League Astros Orange to a 26-28 record in 2022 and joined the organization in June 2020.

As reported last month, Zach Wilkins will be the pitching coach for the Woodpeckers. The Astros hired Wilkins in January, following a few months as the pitching coach for Iowa Western. FCL Astros Orange hitting coach Andrew Cresci emerged as a front runner to replace Jose Puentes in Fayetteville, but he told Astros Future on Wednesday he will be back in Florida for 2023.

Mickey Storey is expected to return as the manager for Triple-A Sugar Land in 2023. For High-A Asheville, Nate Shaver, who is still with the organization, managed the Tourists in 2022.

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