COACHING CAREER: Enters his fourth full season as Rays hitting coach…named to the post on Sep 6, 2016, replacing Derek Shelton, and filled the role for the last 24 games of the season…is the seventh hitting coach in franchise history, following Steve Henderson (1998, 2006-09), Leon Roberts (1999-2000), Wade Boggs (2001), Milt May (2002), Lee Elia (2003-05) and Shelton (2010-16)....The 2019 Rays scored 769 runs, their most since 2010 (802)…after the All-Star break, the Rays averaged 4.99 R/G, including 5.34 R/G in their last 29 games beginning Aug 28 at HOU, compared to 4.56 R/G in the first half....From 2017 to 2018, the Rays offense made the majors' largest improvements in avg. (.258, 3rd in the AL), on-base pct. (.333, 2nd in the AL) and strikeout rate (22.4 pct.)…they led the AL with a .343 OBP after the 2018 All-Star break....In 2017, the Rays hit a club-record 228 HR, 6th in the majors…excluding rookies, the Rays had seven players on their season-ending active roster who tied or set a career high in homers....Joined the Rays organization in 2014 as a minor league hitting coordinator and remained in that role for three seasons until his promotion to major league hitting coach....Was the hitting coach for the Blue Jays under Manager John Gibbons in 2013…prior to that, spent three seasons (2010-12) as hitting coach for the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s… after his playing career ended in 2007, he served as a coach for the GCL Blue Jays for one season and a roving hitting instructor for the Jays in 2009.
PLAYING CAREER: During his 16-year pro career as an outfielder he played in exactly 1,800 games in the minors and 59 games in the majors over parts of five seasons with the Reds (1996), Blue Jays (2000, 2006), Marlins (2001) and Orioles (2004)…spent time in eight different organizations and was signed three different times as a free agent by the Blue Jays....Elected to the Triple-A International League Hall of Fame on Jan 28, 2020…spent nine seasons in the IL with six different franchises…won the Governors' Cup with Charlotte in 1999 and IL MVP honors with Syracuse in 2000....Was a 10th-round draft pick by the Orioles out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort
Lauderdale, but attended the University of Central Florida…selected by the Reds in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1992 June Draft, immediately before the Yankees drafted Derek Jeter....Was a teammate of Rays Manager Kevin Cash in 2002 at Triple-A Syracuse....Hit 4 HR in the majors, including 2 HR off former Cy Young Award winner Fernando Valenzuela while a rookie with the Reds in 1996…his last homer came off current FOX Sports Sun color analyst Brian Anderson, on June 30, 2004 at KC, helping the Orioles to a 13-4 win.
AMATEUR CAREER: In 1992, became the first player in UCF history to be selected in the first round of MLB's June Draft…finished his collegiate career with a .331 avg., 23 HR and 148 RBI in 177 games....As a junior in 1992, earned first team All-American honors after leading the Knights with 52 runs, 7 3B, 14 HR and 143 total bases…his 14 HR in 1992 are still tied for 8th all-time on the school's single-season list.
PERSONAL & MISC.: Met his wife, Emily, at UCF, and they married in January 2005…they have two kids, Luke (14) and Elle (11).