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Dave Hudgens was named the Astros hitting coach on Oct. 17, 2014. In his two years as the Astros hitting coach, Hudgens has coached one of the youngest position player groups in the Majors, as he's been the hitting coach for the debuts of Carlos Correa and Preston Tucker in 2015, and Alex Bregman and Tyler White in 2016. Under his tutelage, Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has seen his power numbers spike, as he went from seven home runs in 2014, to 15 in 2015, to 24 in 2016. Altuve also won the batting title in 2016 with a .338 average, while increasing his walk total from 33 walks in 2015 to 60 last season. Hudgens is in his fourth stint as a Major League hitting coach, which included a four-season (2011-14) run with the New York Mets (2011-14), immediately prior to joining the Astros. His other two stints came with Oakland for the 1999 season and then again with the A's from 2003-05. Hudgens and Astros manager A.J. Hinch crossed paths in Oakland in 1999 as Hudgens coached Hinch in what was his second Major League season. Hudgens' coaching career dates back to 1985, when he managed Rookie Level Pocatello in the Pioneer League at the age of 28. He would manage four years (1985-88) in the Oakland organization before joining Houston as a roving hitting instructor in the Astros system for seven seasons (1989-95). Hudgens returned to Oakland in 1996 and spent the next 10 years (1996-2005) serving as Oakland's assistant director of player development (1996-98, 2000-02) or Major League hitting coach (1999, 2003-05), spending two stints in each position. After his successful 10-year run with Oakland, Hudgens joined the Cleveland organization and served as the Indians field coordinator for five years (2006-10) before his most recent stints with the Mets and Astros. Hudgens has also managed parts of six seasons (2009-14) in the Venezuelan Winter League, all with Caracas, guiding them to playoff appearances in five seasons, including winning a VWL Championship in the 2009-10 season. His coaching days followed a six-year playing career (1979-84) with the Oakland and Cleveland organizations, which included a stint in the Major Leagues with Oakland in 1983. Hudgens makes his home in Houston, Texas, and has four children: Jordan, Heather, Tressa and Rock.

 

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