The Indians named Matt Quatraro as an assistant hitting coach Wednesday.
Quatraro, 40, had spent his 19-year professional career in the Tampa Bay Rays organization prior to joining the Indians, serving as the Rays' Minor League Hitting Coordinator for the last four seasons. The Albany, N.Y., native also managed in Tampa Bay's farm system for four seasons (2006-09) upon beginning his coaching career in 2004. He was Tampa Bay’s 8th-round selection in the 1996 draft and went on to play seven seasons before topping out at Triple-A Durham in 2002.
Quatraro will now assist Indians second-year hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo in all facets of the position, specifically the compilation and dissemination of advance scouting reports and assisting with pre-game batting cage work and on-field batting practice.