G-Braves' coaching staff stays same for 2012

The Atlanta Braves made it official on Wednesday. The Gwinnett coaching staff under manager Dave Brundage will return intact for next season.

Jamie Dismuke will be back for his fourth season as hitting coach and pitching coach Marty Reed will return for his second season. Also returning is athletic trainer Mike Graus.

Brundage spent two seasons with the Atlanta organization in Richmond before the Class AAA team moved to Gwinnett before the 2009 season. The only change in the coaching staff came last season, when Reed replaced Derek Botelho as pitching coach.

Brundage led Richmond to the International League's Governors' Cup playoff title and a spot in the AAA National Championship Game in his first year. Each of his three Gwinnett teams have had winning records, making the playoffs once as a wild-card team.

Dismuke joined the Atlanta organization in 2009 after playing and working in the Cincinnati system. Reed spent two years with the Braves as Class AA pitching coach at Mississippi before moving up to Gwinnett.

Graus is entering his 20th season in the Braves organization and the upcoming season will be his seventh in Class AAA.

Botelho became pitching coach at Class A Advanced Lynchburg when Reed took over in Gwinnett and he will return next season with the Carolina League team. Former G-Braves pitcher Vladimir Nunez will be back in 2012 for a second year as pitching coach with the rookie Gulf Coast League Braves.

Eight G-Braves sign elsewhere

Wilkin Castillo signed a minor league contract with Colorado, bringing to seven the number of 2011 G-Braves who have left the organization as free agents so far with offseason.

The versatile Castillo, a catcher who played all around the infield and even occasionally in the outfield, batted .262 in 80 games during 2011 after coming to the Braves system from the Cincinnati organization.

Also having signed elsewhere are outfielders Matt Young (Detroit), Wilkin Ramirez (Minnesota), Jeff Fiorentino (Oakland) and Antoan Richardson (Baltimore), infielder Diory Hernandez (Houston) and catcher Wil Nieves (Colorado).

Atlanta re-signed pitcher Johan Flande and catcher J.C. Boscan.

Gomez still on open market

Mauro Gomez, an International League all-star last season, remains on the free agent market despite having hit .304 with 34 doubles, 24 homers and 90 RBIs for the G-Braves in 2011.

Gomez hasn't helped himself with poor winter season in his native Dominican Republic. The 27-year-old first baseman batted just .121 in 19 games with Este before batting .221 in 20 games for Escogido. He hit four homers and had 15 RBIs in the 39 games.

Gomez spent two years in the Atlanta organization after originally signing with Texas. Last season was his first year in Class AAA and he had an OPS of .878 thanks to a .522 slugging mark and .356 on-base percentage.

Braves hope Gac can whack

Of the 10 minor league free agents signed by Atlanta, the least known may be Ian Gac. But the late-blooming first baseman is an interesting pickup.

Gac, 27, hit 33 homers with 96 RBIs last season for Winston-Salem in the Chicago White Sox organization and was named player of the year in the Carolina League after topping the circuit in both categories.

But the native of Seattle never reached Class AA during seven seasons in the Texas organization or in his two years with the White Sox. He struck out 144 times with Winston-Salem last season while batting .279.