Beasley to manage at AAA, LeCroy at AA

Beasley to manage at AAA, LeCroy at AA
December 1, 2011, 9:48 pm
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Updated at 7:53 p.m.
Continuing a theme that has seen several of their minor-league staffers promoted year-to-year, the Nationals have named Tony Beasley their new manager at Class AAA Syracuse and Matthew LeCroy skipper at Class AA Harrisburg.

Beasley spent this season managing at Harrisburg, where he led the Senators to an 80-62 record and first-place finish in the Eastern League's Western division. The 45-year-old Virginia native coached third base for the Nationals at the big-league level in 2006, then spent the next four seasons in the Pirates organization before returning this year.

In Harrisburg, Beasley was charged with managing top prospect Bryce Harper during the season's second half, and there's a good chance the two will be paired up again at Syracuse for at least part of the 2012 season.

Beasley takes the position previously held by Randy Knorr, who after managing at ever level of the Nationals' farm system was recently promoted to serve as Davey Johnson's bench coach.

LeCroy gets promoted a level for the second straight year. The former big-league catcher and DH started his managerial career at low-Class A Hagerstown in 2010, then moved up this season to high-Class A Potomac where he guided the P-Nats to a 68-71 overall record and a first-half division title.