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Garey Ingram brings experience, and mentoring to Knights bench
Former Major Leaguer shares wisdom at third base
 
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 11:30 am
by Herbert L. White

PHOTO/TROY HULL
Charlotte Knights third-base coach Garey Ingram brings his experience as a Major League player to the Triple-A franchise.

Garey Ingram is part teacher, part mentor with the Charlotte Knights.


Ingram, 46, Charlotte’s third-base coach, is a former Major Leaguer who played with the Los Angeles Dodgers. With a Triple-A franchise like Charlotte, players usually have the skill to advance to the majors. The key is preparation for promotion.

“In Triple-A, it’s a lot different than when you’re at the lower levels because you have older guys who’ve been around the game a longer time,” said Ingram, who is in his first season with the Knights after six with the Triple-A Gwinnett (Ga.) Braves. “Some of them are former Major Leaguers and they know how to prepare themselves on an every day level to get back to the Major Leagues. When you’re dealing with the younger levels, you’re dealing with a lot smaller details that you have to pay attention to, especially developing those kids to get to this level.”

Charlotte, which opened the season 4-0 with a sweep of Norfolk, has standout talent. Third baseman Yoan Moncado earned minor league player of the year by Baseball America and generally regarded in the top three prospects by national publications. Pitcher Chris Beck has spent time with the parent club Chicago White Sox, going 2-3 in a couple of tours in the majors.

“I think we’ve got a lot of everything,” Ingram said. “We’ve got speed, we’ve got power, we’ve got pitching and if you get those three things on a baseball team, you can do some pretty good things throughout the season. I think we’ve got a complete team where we will be able to do a lot of things during the season.”

While development is the goal for most minor league teams, Ingram is focused on getting the Knights into position to help the White Sox, whether that means promoting players up to the majors or helping those who’ve moved down return to Chicago. Ingram, a career .261 hitter with three homers and 12 runs batted  over 82 games with the Dodgers, understands their situation.

“Most of these guys have been to the big leagues, up and down throughout their career, so they’re going to be used to that,” he said. “I don’t think that’s going to be problem with moves being made throughout the season. “These guys are hungry, they know what they need to do to get to the next level, which is the Major Leagues and I don’t think it’s going to bother us too much because a lot of these guys have been through that before.”

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