The Yankees announced Monday that they have hired Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens as an assistant batting coach, completing the overhaul and expansion of their major league coaching staff this offseason.
New York reworked its coaching staff after a difficult 2021 season, refusing to renew the contracts of hitting coach Marcus Thames (now at Miami), PJ Pilittere (Colorado) and third base coach Phil Nevin (Anaheim) . First base coach Reggie Willits left to coach at the University of Oklahoma. Bullpen catcher and assistant coach Radley Haddad left for Pittsburgh.
The Yankees’ first priority in rebuilding their coaching staff was to re-sign Aaron Boone to a three-year contract with a club option for 2025.
During the lockout, the Yankees promoted Dillon Lawson and Casey Dykes from player development to their major league batting coaching roles, in addition to now adding Meulens. In short, Eric Chavez was hired as the third hitting coach before taking a job as head hitting coach for the Mets.
The Yankees also promoted Desi Druschel to assistant pitching coach, joining pitching coach Matt Blake and bullpen coach Mike Harkey on the staff. Luis Rojas was hired as third base coach after coaching the Mets for two years, and Travis Chapman was promoted from player development to first base coach.
Carlos Mendoza remains coach on the bench, Tanner Swanson as catcher coach and Brent Weber as assistant coach and video replay coordinator.
Additionally, Matt Talarico, who has worked as the base running coordinator in player development for the Yankees since 2020, will work with the major leagues this season.