Heyman: Mets to Name Dave Hudgens Hitting Coach

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets will hire Dave Hudgens to be their next hitting coach.

In a conference call with bloggers on Friday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the new coaches had been identified, and he was hoping to make an announcement about it this coming week.

In addition, Mookie Wilson will be named the first base coach, Jon Debus will become the bullpen coach, and Ken Oberkfell will be Terry Collins’s bench coach.

Hudgens was drafted by the Mets in 1975 as the fifth overall pick in that year’s January draft, but did not end up signing with them. He appeared in only six games as a player in the major leagues, in 1983 with the A’s, and had one hit in seven at bats for them. He has served as the Indians minor league field coordinator for the last five seasons and is currently managing Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League. He currently writes a blog called SwingAway.com which is about hitting and answers questions from readers.

Oberkfell has been serving as manager of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons as is currently managing Los Leones de Escogido in the Dominican Winter League. He was one of the candidates in the Mets managerial search last month.

Wilson served as a coach for the Mets under Bobby Valentine between 1997 – 2002, and managed the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones in 2005.

Debus has served as a coach in the Dodgers minor league system, and has recently served as a coach on The Orix Buffaloes in Japan.