The Red Sox finalized their coaching staff Monday morning, with Peter Fatse promoted to hitting coach as expected after serving as an assistant to Tim Hyers the last two seasons.
Hyers, after four years in the role, opted for a fresh start and joined the Rangers as their hitting coach last month.
To fill Fatse’s spot, the Sox hired Ben Rosenthal and Luis Ortiz as assistant hitting coaches. Ortiz, whom the Rangers dismissed as their hitting coach in October after three seasons there, will also serve as a team interpreter.
He is no stranger to the organization, either. Taken in the eighth round by the Sox in 1991, Ortiz played 60 games at the major-league level from 1993-96, the first 16 across two seasons with Boston. In total, Ortiz brings 14 years of professional experience.
Rosenthal spent the last five seasons as a minor league hitting coach for the Astros, the last three with its Triple-A affiliate. He played two seasons of affiliated ball (2004-05) in the Cardinals organization, reaching High A.
Ramon Vázquez has been named first base coach following his stints as a coach/interpreter from 2018-20 and quality control coach/interpreter in 2021. Vázquez will also be in charge of base runners. New major league field coordinator Andy Fox was previously minor league infield coordinator (2011-21) and assistant field coordinator (2019-21). Mike Brenly, bullpen catcher the last six years, was elevated to major league staff assistant.
Bench coach Will Venable, pitching coach Dave Bush, bullpen coach Kevin Walker, third base coach Carlos Febles, and game planning coordinator Jason Varitek will continue in their roles next season. Varitek will continue to work with catchers, while Venable — a finalist for the Athletics’ managerial opening that reportedly will go to former Oakland (and Red Sox) player Mark Kotsay — will take over outfield instruction.
Of note: With the ongoing lockout, teams can make staff moves, but are prohibited from making transactions surrounding players.