The Mets announced on their Twitter page this morning that they have named Luis Natera their new assistant hitting coach, which is a newly created position for the major league club.
Only 18 of 30 Major league ball clubs have an assistant hitting coach on their roster and now with the Mets newest addition to their coaching staff, they bring that number up to 19 teams.
Natera has been the B-Mets hitting coach for seventh straight seasons and eight overall. This year marks Natera’s 23rd in the Mets’ organization. He has served as a hitting coach at five different levels during that timeframe, including stints with Buffalo (AAA, 2009), St. Lucie (High-A, 2007), Hagerstown (Low-A, 2005-06), Kingsport (Rookie, 2003-04), and Capital City (Low-A, 1999).
The new assistant hitting coach for the Mets has also made a huge influence in some of the lives of the Mets prospects with their development through the system.
“Last season coach Natera made huge impacts in my game defensively and offensively and I was able to perform at the high level of the Eastern League,” says catching prospect Xorge Carrillo.
“Luis Natera, my hitting coach last season really helped me with just little technical things in my swing,” shares Darrell Ceciliani.