The Red Sox announced that Greg Colbrunn will join the staff of Red Sox manager John Farrell as the team's new hitting coach. While the team has yet to finalize its decisions regarding a potential assistant hitting coach, a major league source said that longtime Sox hitting coordinator Victor Rodriguez is the leading candidate to assume such a role.
Colbrunn, 43, spent parts of 13 years with the Diamondbacks, Marlins, Braves, Expos, Twins, Rockies and Mariners, primarily as a first baseman. In 992 games, he hit .289/.338/.460/.799, with his last season coming in 2004. He's been on the coaching staff of the Yankees' Single-A affiliate in Charleston since 2007, having spent five of the six years as hitting coach and one (2010) as the team's manager.
“Greg’s success as a hitting coach and his experiences as a Major League player make him a strong addition to the Red Sox coaching staff,” said Farrell said in a press release.
In Charleston this past season, he worked with outfielders Mason Williams and Tyler Austin, and catcher Gary Sanchez, all of whom were recently rated among the Top 5 prospects in the Yankees system by Baseball America, with Williams tabbed as the organization’s best prospect. The 2012 RiverDogs finished fourth in the 14-team South Atlantic League with a .268 average (1,230-for-4,597), fifth with a .727 OPS and tied for fifth with 672 runs scored.
The Sox interviewed five candidates for the position: Colbrunn, Rodriguez, former Diamondbacks hitting coach Rick Schu, Braves assistant hitting coach Scott Fletcher and Brewers special assistant to the GM Craig Counsell. Counsell reportedly withdrew from consideration earlier this week.
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