The Kansas City Royals made a few coaching changes this offseason, letting go of world champion coaches Dave Eiland and Don Wakamatsu. Today they announced their replacements.
Pitching Coach: Cal Eldred
Eldred is a former big league pitcher who pitched in 14 seasons between 1991 and 2005. He was most recently working with the St. Louis Cardinals organization as a special assistant to GM John Mozeliak, working with minor league players. Eldred was drafted in the first round back in 1989 by the Milwaukee Brewers out of the University of Iowa. He pitched for Milwauke, the Chicago White Sox, and the St. Louis Cardinals in the big leagues.
Hitting Coach: Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw was the hitting coach for the KC Royals AA affiliate, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, before the 2013 season. He was also the hitting coach for AAA Omaha from 2004-2008. In 2013 he was assigned to the Arizona Summer League as the Royals’ Minor League Hitting Coordinator. Bradshaw’s experience working with younger hitters makes a lot of sense for a team getting ready to go through a rebuild.
Bullpen Coach: Vance Wilson
Vance Wilson was the manager for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2017. This move may be to help top pitching prospects Foster Griffin and Josh Staumont more easily adjust to the MLB when ever their time comes, as both pitchers found some success with AA Northwest Arkansas this past season.
Quality Control Coach: Pedro Grifol
Grifol has been on KC’s bench for a few years now, and the Royals clearly like what he has to offer in a sense of analytics and offensive production.
Bench Coach: Dale Svuem
Dale Svuem was promoted from hitting coach to bench coach to replace Wakamatsu and make room for Bradshaw on the roster.
Photo Credits: Andy Shupe