G-Braves fill managerial void

It didn't take the Braves long to fill the managerial void in Gwinnett.

The Braves announced Monday that Randy Ready will replace Gwinnett's only manager, Dave Brundage, joining the organization from the Texas Rangers.

With Texas, Ready served as the minor league hitting coordinator last season after spending three seasons as the hitting coach for the San Diego Padres. Ready last managed in 2009 with Class AAA Porland, leaving the team in July to join the Padres bench. During his six seasons managing in the Padres system, Ready put together a 489-466 (.512) record and was named the best manager prospect in the Pacific Coast League by Baseball America in 2008 after leading Class AA San Antonio to a 73-66 record and a Texas League title. In his three seasons with Class A Fort Wayne, Ready went 208-209, and made the playoffs each season.

As a player, Ready was selected in 1980 by the Milwaukee Brewers and played in 777 big league games over 13 seasons. In that span he hit .259 with 40 homers and 239 RBIs. He his big league service includes time with Milwaukee, San Diego, Philadelphia, Oakland and Montreal.

Ready replaces Brundage, who left to take the same position with Class AAA Lehigh Valley. In his four seasons in Gwinnett, Brundage led the G-Braves to a wild card playoff appearance in 2009 and an overall record of 293-281 (.510). He joined the Class AAA affiliate of the Braves six seasons ago, leading the Richmond Braves to the International League Governor's Cup championship in 2007.