KANSAS CITY, MO — The Kansas City Royals today announced that Terry Bradshaw was named the organization’s minor league hitting coordinator. In addition, Jose Castro was named the assistant minor league hitting coordinator while Milt Thompson was named outfield, bunting and baserunning coordinator.
“Terry has been an integral part in the success of our young minor league hitters as they have progressed through our system and reached Kansas City,” said Royals Director of Player Development Scott Sharp. “He now will have the ability to positively impact our hitters throughout all levels of the organization.”
“Jose is held in high esteem as a hitting coach,” said Sharp. “We are excited that he will join the Royals and assist Terry in preparing our young players for the challenges of professional baseball.”
“Milt has a tremendous reputation in the game as being one of the best instructors in outfield, base running and bunting,” Sharp continued. “We are very fortunate to have him join the Royals and know he will make an immediate impact on our young players.”
Bradshaw has spent the past four seasons as a hitting coach for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA). Prior to that, he served five seasons with Triple-A Omaha. Bradshaw played for parts of the two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1995 and 1996.
Castro joins the organization from the Seattle Mariners where he served as the minor league hitting coordinator for the past five seasons, including 2010 when he worked in several roles including interim Major League hitting coach and was named Staff Member of the Year. 2012 was Castro’s 24th as a professional hitting coach. He played 13 seasons in the minor leagues from 1977-89 after being drafted by the Phillies in 1977. Castro and his wife, Lisa, reside in Miami, Fla., and have two children, Rachel and Matthew.
Thompson has worked the past two seasons as the Houston Astros minor league roving outfield and baserunning instructor. After retiring from a 13-year Major League career with the Braves, Phillies, Cardinals, Astros, Dodgers and Rockies in 1996, Thompson has served as an instructor and coach for the last 16 years with the Rays, Phillies and Astros. He joined the Phillies as the Major League first base coach during 2003 and later worked for more than five seasons as the club’s Major League hitting coach, including the 2008 World Series title campaign. As a player, the left-handed hitting outfielder batted .274 with 214 stolen bases in his big league career and was a key member of the 1993 World Series champion Phillies, recording 5 RBI in Game 4 of the World Series. Thompson resides in Sewell, N.J., with his family.