(This season) Tony DeFrancesco will enter his first season as manager of Triple-A Las Vegas and his 15th season overall as manager in the Pacific Coast League.
He was a member of the Houston Astros organization for the past seven seasons (2011-17) and was the manager for Triple-A Oklahoma City for four seasons (2011-14) and Triple-A Fresno for three seasons (2015-17). He was the manager of the PCL squad at the 2017 Triple-A All-Star Game.
The PCL tenure includes four championships (2003, 2004, 2007, 2015), two Triple-A National Championships (2007, 2015) and eight division titles.
He was named the 2003 PCL Manager of the Year (Sacramento) and the 2015 Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America. The four PCL titles is tied with Hall of Famer Del Crandall for the most championships in league history. Crandall’s championships with Albuquerque were in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982.
DeFrancesco and the Triple-A Las Vegas coaching staff will report to the Mets Major League Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Fla., beginning on February 12.
The 51s, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, will open their 36th season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 5 vs. El Paso at Cashman Field.