The Top 100 coaches most likely to become MLB managers

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout before his last game as Giants manager, the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout before his last game as Giants manager, the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Clayton McCullough, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB coaching staffs, MLB managers
May 17, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Albert Pujols (55) is congratulated by first base coach Clayton McCullough after singling in a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports /

88) Clayton McCullough

Clayton McCullough is the first base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers and in 2022, he will be entering his second season in that position.

McCullough, 42, was a player with Cleveland in the minors from 2002 through 2005 before he joined Toronto as a minor league manager in 2006. He was with Toronto from 2006 through 2014 and managed their Rookie-ball team for two seasons and also spent two seasons at Short-Season A, two seasons at Single-A, and two seasons at Advanced-A before joining the Dodgers in 2015.

He left Toronto to become the field coordinator for the Dodgers and he was in that capacity until 2021. In 2020, McCullough helped oversee the Dodgers at their alternate training site as well.

This offseason, the Mets interviewed McCullough to become their manager before hiring Buck Showalter.

89) Rod Barajas

In 2021, Rod Barajas was the catching coach and quality control coach for the San Diego Padres but he won’t be returning to the team in 2022.

Barajas, 46, was a catcher for 14 seasons in the majors and he caught over 1100 MLB games before he retired after playing with Pittsburgh in 2012.

He started coaching in 2014 the Padres hired him as their manager at Rookie-ball but finished the season as the hitting coach at Advanced-A. He started the 2015 season in that role but mid-season, he took over as manager at Double-A.

He was their Triple-A manager for three seasons starting in 2016. He became their bench coach for the 2019 season but since manager Andy Green was relieved of his managerial duties with eight games left in the season, Barajas became their interim manager.

In 2020 and 2021, he was their catching and quality coach.

Before the Padres hired Jayce Tingler, the Padres interviewed Barajas for the full-time managerial opening.