May Named AFL Hitting Coach

Springfield Cardinals hitting coach Derrick May will play the same role for the 2010 Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.

It seems a perfect match.

The St. Louis Cardinals' coach given the plum assignment of working in the 2010 Arizona Fall League is the hitting coach of the Springfield Cardinals, Derrick May. Given a primary source of players for the fall prospect showcase is Double-A, May's summer assignment fits the bill.

The 42-year-old, a 23-season veteran of professional ball, will be a part of a Surprise Rafters coaching staff that includes manager Mike Guerrero, manager of Double-A Huntsville of the Milwaukee Brewers organization and pitching coach Brad Holman from the Double-A Hickory Crawdads of the Texas Rangers minor league system.

The other two organizations that will join the three noted above to provide the prospects to make up the 2010 Rafters are the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals. Those two clubs will also supply the trainers for the Rafters. Rosters should be announced in about two weeks.

May is in his sixth year of coaching in the Cardinals system and fourth in his current Springfield role. Earlier, the former first-round pick spent ten years in the major leagues as a outfielder with five different organizations, followed by three years in Japan before concluding his playing career in 2003.

The 19th season for the six-team AFL gets underway on Tuesday, October 12 with its championship game scheduled on Saturday, November 20. The annual Rising Stars game with top players from across the league will be held on Saturday, November 6.

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