As the dust settles with the firings of skipper Matheny and Mabry plus Mueller we find out this morning that Schildt has brought in Mark Budaska as the main hitting coach and George Greer as second hitting coach. This is the man that the minor league hitters respect. I recall Kolten Wong speaking very highly of him before. Here is some background information on Budaska,
Mark Budaska begins his 11th season as the Redbirds hitting coach in 2018. Before Memphis, he spent six years working in the Boston Red Sox system, including the 2004-07 campaigns with Triple-A Pawtucket.
During his tenure in Memphis, Budaska has tutored Cardinals batters Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong, Jon Jay, David Freese, Randal Grichuk, Daniel Descalso, Matt Adams, Stephen Piscotty, and Tommy Pham before they moved on to St. Louis.
Budaska spent three offseasons from 2010-12 as the hitting and outfield coach for the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Prior to his time with the PawSox, Budaska spent two years with Double-A Portland. In 2001, the Pennsylvania native enjoyed his most success as a coach, winning the Texas League Championship with the Anaheim Angels’ Double-A affiliate Arkansas Travelers. That year his hitters finished fourth in the league with a .266 team batting average. Budaska served as hitting coach and first base coach for a major league team in Taiwan from 1998-2000.
The former switch-hitting outfielder played for 10 years in the Oakland Athletics organization, including two stints with the big league club in 1978 and 1981. Budaska, who now resides in Hawaii, appeared in 13 games with the A’s collecting six hits in the 36 at-bats with three doubles and two RBIs.
He began his professional playing career in 1973 with Lewiston in the Northwest League after signing as an amateur free agent and made his major league debut on June 6, 1979.
Source: Memphis Redbirds