Tony DeFrancesco -- a former Visalia Oaks' field boss -- and his coaches at Triple-A Oklahoma City were among a group of minor league staffs retained for 2014 on Wednesday by the Houston Astros.
Other managers kept by the Astros were Keith Bodie at Double-A Corpus Christi and Rodney Linares at Class-A Advanced Lancaster. Houston will bring back 44 coaches from last year.
DeFrancesco, 50, who managed Visalia in 1997-98 when it was with the Oakland A's organization, returns for his fourth season at Oklahoma City -- his 20th as a minor league manager and 30th as a player, coach or manager in pro baseball.
In 2013, DeFrancesco led the RedHawks to their second consecutive winning season and their first division title since 2010. He managed Oakland's Triple-A team in Sacramento from 2003-10.
Oklahoma City's 82 wins ranked second in club history for a single season and led the Pacific Coast League. DeFrancesco managed the Astros on an interim basis for the final 41 games of 2012 to replace Exeter native Brad Mills, going 16-25.