Alex Ochoa’s new role
|11.24.09 at 5:08 pm ET|
Some were wondering with the reshuffling of the Red Sox’ major league coaching staff what was to become of Alex Ochoa, who served as the team’s “quality assurance” coach throughout the 2009 season, a uniformed position for the big league club. (Ochoa even served as the team’s hitting coach when Dave Magadan was suspended for a game in June.)
The answer is that Ochoa is going to serve in a special assignment role for ’10, allowing the former outfielder to be exposed to various parts of the organization before finding his next niche. Part of the plan will be to incorporate Ochoa’s expertise for minor league instruction, along with some scouting, while also being called upon to help mentor Cuban shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias.
Speaking of Iglesias, the 19-year-old finished his first foray into professional baseball by hitting .275 in 18 games with the Arizona Fall League’s Mesa Solar Sox. In 69 at-bats, Iglesias struck out 11 times while drawing four walks. He also hit .346 with runners in scoring position.
To see how the other members of the Red Sox’ organization (Casey Kelly, Luis Exposito, Ryan Kalish, Richie Lentz, Dustin Richardson) did in the AFL, click here.
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