Dave Hudgens was named the Astros hitting coach on Oct. 17, 2014.
Prior to joining the Astros, Hudgens spent four seasons (2011-14) as the hitting coach with the New York Mets. This is his second stint with the club, as he served as a roving hitting instructor in the Astros system from 1989-95. Before joining Houston in 2014, Hudgens spent eight combined years as a Major League hitting coach, as he also was hitting coach for the Oakland Athletics in 1999, and again from 2003-05. Prior to his most recent post with the Mets, Hudgens was Cleveland's Minor League field coordinator from 2006-10. He was a manager in Oakland's Minor League system from 1985-88, and also had two stints as the club's assistant director of player development (1996-98, 2000-02). Hudgens played six seasons in the Minor Leagues with the Oakland and Cleveland organizations (1979-84), and saw time in the Majors with the Athletics in 1983.