The Cleburne Railroaders have named Gabe Suarez their field manager for their inaugural season.
The 32-year-old Suarez has spent 11 years in professional baseball beginning in 2004 when he was drafted by the Montreal Expos — now the Washington Nationals. Most of his time was spent in the minor leagues.
He later played for minor league teams associated with the Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. Additionally, in 2013 he played for Team Spain in the World Baseball Classic.
Suarez’s most recent job was field manager for the former American Association of Independent Professional Baseball team the Joplin Blasters.
Besides workouts with major league teams, Suarez has scouted players all over, including in California, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
The Cleburne Railroaders have named Ed Pruitt as Pitching Coach of the organization. Pruitt joins the Railroaders as the First Pitching Coach in their return to Professional Baseball since the early 1900’s which included a Championship Team in 1906. Cleburne has deep roots and history in Professional and Amateur Baseball which Ed has been part of as a native of the area and former Cleburne High School pitching stand out.
Prior to joining the Railroaders, Pruitt has had an experienced career as a player in Affiliated Baseball. Pruitt was drafted as a first pick in the 19th round in 1981 by the New York Mets. Pruitt climbed as high as AA baseball with the Mets winning a Championships in 1984 while positing an ERA of 1.82. Again in 1985, Ed was instrumental in his team’s second League Championship
Ed attended and played at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Since his days with the Mets, Pruitt returned and has been a leader in the Johnson County Community dedicating thousands of hours to teaching young pitchers the proper mechanics of pitching and elevating their talent in the game of baseball.
Pruitt resides in Joshua with his Wife Christina and daughters Kayla and Miranda.
Ron Fenwick has been hired as the hitting coach for the Cleburne Railroaders baseball team. Fenwick has an extensive background of playing and teaching baseball. He played for several independent teams for nine seasons from 2003-11.
After retiring from baseball, he has been teaching the sport in the Shreveport, Louisiana, area for the past eight years.
Fenwick grew up in Maryland and attended junior college near Orlando, Florida.