Cards Create New Minors Offense Strategy Role

The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly adding a new minor league position to focus on offensive strategy, hiring a respected New York Mets coach to fill it.

October is the month each year when organizations start to line up their coaching staffs for the next season. Contracts are offered, or in some cases, not offered to current staffers.

Sometimes, new or revised positions are added as well.

For example, last year, when Tim Leveque was promoted to the position of St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitching coordinator, replacing Brent Strom, it created a new opportunity for Paul Davis. He was named Coordinator of Pitching Analytics for the system to go with his continuing role as Johnson City pitching coach.

Though the Cardinals have yet to make their full slate of 2015 staffing announcements, we have a glimpse into several upcoming changes.

George Greer

On Thursday, New York Mets beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reported the club was losing one of their most respected hitting coaches to the Cardinals.

The hitting coach from Triple-A Las Vegas for the last three seasons, George Greer, is leaving the Mets to “oversee a hitting program for the Cardinals system,” according to Rubin.

A Cardinals source clarified, noting that Greer is taking a new position as minor league offensive strategist and will also serve as the hitting coach in Johnson City. In that way, it is very similar on the offensive side to what the organization did with pitching and Davis in 2014. Minor league hitting coordinator Derrick May is expected to continue in his current role.

Greer just completed his ninth year working in the Mets system, primarily as a hitting coach but also managed his first season. Until current Cardinals farm director Gary LaRocque joined the Cardinals in 2008, Greer worked under him with New York. Prior to that, the Rhode Island native spent 23 years as a Division 1 head coach. In his 17 years at Wake Forest, Greer became the school’s wins leader and produced 29 All-Americans.

At this point, it is not clear where Roberto Espinosa, this year’s Johnson City hitting coach, will be assigned for 2015. As soon as the information on all the coaching assignments become available, we will share it.

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