Missions announce 2023 staff; former manager Wellman promoted to Triple-A

San Antonio Missions manager at San Diego Padres 2022 spring training on a back field at the Padres' facility in Peoria, Arizona. - photo by Joe Alexander
Phillip Wellman, shown at 2022 San Diego Padres’ spring training, spent five seasons as the San Antonio Missions’ manager – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Diego Padres on Wednesday announced the field staff for the 2023 San Antonio Missions.

Former Missions manager Phillip Wellman will be the 2023 manager for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas. He spent five seasons at the helm in Double-A San Antonio.

Luke Montz will take over as manager of the Missions. He spent the last season as a manager in the Red Sox organization. Montz spent 13 seasons as a professional catcher.

Jeff Andrews is the Missions’ new pitching coach. He spent the last two seasons as pitching coach with the Double-A Frisco Rough Riders. He was the pitching coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008.

Pat O’Sullivan is San Antonio’s new hitting coach. This is his sixth season coaching in the Padres’ organization. He spent the last two seasons as hitting coach at Class A Lake Elsinore.

Former Missions player Felipe Blanco returns to the team as bench coach. He saw action in San Antonio in parts of 2016 and 2017. He was part of the coaching staff at Lake Elsinore the last three seasons.