November 30 - The youngest member of the San Diego Padres coaching staff will return for a second season in 2019.
Oakton High School graduate Keith Werman, 29, will join manager Andy Green’s staff again next year as the team’s development coordinator. It will be his third year as a coach with the organization, having spent the 2017 season as the third base coach at Triple-A El Paso.
As an undersized left-handed hitting catcher at Oakton - he was listed at 5-foot-8 and 130 pounds as a senior - Werman built a reputation as one of the most fundamentally-sound and intelligent players to come through Northern Virginia. He was a first-team All-Met selection by the Washington Post in 2008, when he hit .450 and went the season without an error or passed ball while striking out just twice in 82 plate appearances.
He switched to second base at the University of Virginia, where he hit a career .309 with 178 hits and helped the Cavaliers reach the College World Series in 2009 and 2011. Many of those base hits came via bunt, and Werman led the nation in sacrifice bunts with 27 in 2011 and 28 in 2012. He signed with Seattle as an undrafted free agent and played two years in the Mariners’ minor league system before coaching in the Japanese professional leagues and then hooking on with San Diego.
Werman earned good reviews from Padres players during his first year on staff, including from veteran catcher A.J. Ellis, who in May told the San Diego Union Tribune: “I’ve been working with [hitting coaches] Matt Stairs and Johnny Washington and Keith Werman, the unsung hero of our coaching staff,” Ellis said. “The way he’s been helping me work in the cage, helping me hit off counts and hit off situations ... we’ve got a good rhythm, got a good routine going. When you’re prepared, you have a lot of confidence.”
Also returning to Green’s staff will be pitching coach Darren Balsley, bullpen coach Doug Bochtler, third base coach Glenn Hoffman and first base coach Skip Schumaker. Johnny Washington was promoted to the team’s hitting coach after serving as the assistant hitting coach this past season, while Rod Barajas will join the staff as bench coach and Damion Easley as the assistant hitting coach who will also work with the infielders.
Werman’s brother, Kyle, is in his fifth year as the head coach at LaSalle College High School in Philadelphia after spending seven years as a college assistant at George Mason, Radford and St. Joseph’s. His father, Frank, is the former head coach at Falls Church and manager of Vienna Post 180.
Photo of Keith Werman courtesy of Werman family