The Cardinals Wednesday announced their minor league coaching staffs and player development personnel for the upcoming 2017 season, highlighted by the return of Stubby Clapp to the organization.

Clapp was named manager of the Triple A Memphis Redbirds, succeeding Mike Shildt, who was promoted to the major-league coaching staff.

“Stubby has worked hard to get this opportunity and will bring a balanced approach to managing and player development.," saod Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.

Clapp’s history in Memphis dates back to the early days of the Redbirds, as he played 425 games from 1999-2002 and still holds the franchise’s career records for triples (19) and walks (222). He ranks second in runs scored (258) and third in games played, doubles (87), extra-base hits (128) and total hits (418).

He was a member of the Redbirds’ first Pacific Coast League championship team in 2000, where he hit three home runs and drove in 11 runs with a .404 on-base percentage during the playoffs. Clapp also recorded the first hit in AutoZone Park history earlier that season, with a single to center field.

“My family and I feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity to be a part of the St. Louis Cardinals organization again,” Clapp said. “We are excited to be back in Memphis working with the Memphis Redbirds on and off the field. The Redbirds have the best fans in baseball, and we look forward to being back at home with them at AutoZone Park.”

Clapp reached the major leagues in 2001 with the Cardinals, where he appeared in 23 games and hit .200 with two doubles. In all, Clapp played over 1,000 minor league games during his career and boasted a .274 lifetime batting average with 55 triples, 115 stolen bases and played six different positions.

Prior to returning to Memphis, Clapp spent four seasons as a hitting coach in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, including the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Clapp began his coaching career in 2007 in the Houston Astros system, and he managed at the short-season level in 2011 and 2012 with the Tri-City ValleyCats in the New York-Penn League.

With Tri-City, Clapp put together an 84-67 record and reached the league finals in 2012.

Clapp also has extensive international playing and coaching experience representing his native Canada, as he played in the 1999 Pan American Games (bronze medal), the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He won two gold medals and one bronze medal as a coach for Team Canada in the 2011 Baseball World Cup, the 2011 Pan American Games, the 2013 World Baseball Classic and the 2015 Pan American Games.

The Cardinals also promoted Johnny Rodriguez to become the manager at Double A Springfield. Dann Bilardello will move from Springfield to Class A Palm Beach.

Chris Swauger was promoted from managing Johnson City to Class A Peoria. Joe Kruzel, who had been at Peoria, will move to State College, Pa., next season, a job previously held by Rodriguez.

Roberto Espinoza was named manager at Johnson City, while Steve Turco will return as manager of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.