Jason Wood — who starred at McLane High, Fresno City College and Fresno State and as a player was a three-time major league draftee — has climbed up the ladder in the Texas Rangers' organization to become manager of Double-A Frisco, Texas.
Wood was announced Wednesday as the seventh manager in RoughRiders history. He replaces Steve Buechele, who will manage Triple-A Round Rock in 2014.
The 44-year-old Wood managed Advanced-A Myrtle Beach the past three seasons, guiding the Pelicans to the playoffs each year.
He was Carolina League Manager of the Year in 2013, posted a three-year won-loss mark of 223-184 and was tabbed as the league's Best Managerial Prospect in Baseball America's tools survey in each of the past two years.
Wood joined the Rangers in 2009 as hitting coach at Bakersfield of the Class-A Cal League.
A veteran of 18 pro seasons as a player, he made his major league debut on Opening Day 1998 with Oakland.
Wood also played for Detroit and Florida, breaking back into the big leagues after a seven-year absence with the Marlins in 2006. He played 98 games in 2007 at age 37.
As a major leaguer, he hit .245 with five home runs in 153 games. He played in 1,890 minor league games, including two years in the Pittsburgh organization, batting .271 with 180 home runs and 1,021 RBIs.
Wood's best season was in 1998, when he hit a combined .279 with 25 homers and 102 RBIs for Triple-A Edmonton and Toledo.
At Fresno State, Wood hit .343 in 1991 and was a third-team All-American as the Bulldogs won the Big West title and earned a College World Series berth. He signed with Oakland as an 11th-round selection after being drafted by Toronto in the 56th round in 1988 and by Atlanta in the 39th in 1990.
Buechele, 52, a former Rangers third baseman, is the RoughRiders' career leader in managerial wins, going 301-258 in four seasons. Buechele managed Bakersfield for a season while Wood was on the staff.
Ex-Grizzlies manager Sakata back with San Jose
Lenn Sakata, who managed Triple-A Fresno in 2002, is back with the team where he enjoyed his most success.
Sakata will manage the Class-A San Jose Giants, whom he led to a 466-374 record in six seasons with Cal League titles in 2001, 2005 and 2007.
Though he is the winningest manager in league history with 684 victories in 10 seasons, Sakata was fired midseason last year in Modesto over a difference in developmental philosophies with parent club Colorado.
"Out of everything in my career, having a chance to come back to Municipal Stadium and this organization is one of the best things that has happened in my life," Sakata said.
Sakata left the San Francisco organization after winning the 2007 championship with San Jose. He managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan from 2008-09 before joining the Rockies franchise in 2011.
In Fresno, Sakata's Grizzlies finished 57-88 and he left after one season to became the Giants' roving minor league all-purpose instructor.
Sakata played 11 years in the major leagues with Milwaukee (1977-79), Baltimore (1980-85), Oakland (1986) and the New York Yankees (1987), hitting .230 in 565 games. He won a World Series with the Orioles in 1983.