CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Power announces Friday afternoon that Michael Ryan, a former Major League player with the Twins and Angels, is the team's new manager.
Ryan, 35, succeeds Rick Sofield, who was promoted to the Pittsburgh Pirates' first base coach. The Power is the low-Class A affiliate of the Pirates.
Sofield was with the Power for one season.
Ryan's staff will include the return of pitching coach Jeff Johnson, who was with the Power from 2009-11 and held the same position at Class AA Altoona last season.
The hitting coach is Orlando Merced, who played 13 seasons in the majors. Merced was an amateur draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1985 and debuted in the big leagues in 1990.
This is Ryan's first stint as manager.