Coaching Career: Enters his 2nd season in the Red Sox organization.. ... Was named Bullpen Coach on 11/13/17 ... Has been the bullpen coach for each of the last 2 World Series champions (BOS-2018, HOU-2017) ... In 2018, Red Sox relief pitchers ranked 4th in the AL with a 3.72 ERA and 3rd with 9.62 SO/9.0 IP...Sox relievers recorded 2 scoreless streaks of 20.0+ IP, from 4/15-24 (22.2 IP) and 5/19-26 (23.0 IP) ... BOS was 97-1 in 2018 when leading after 8 innings, as well as an MLB-best 78-7 (.918) when leading after 5 innings and 17-7 (.708) when tied after 5 ... Among the 8 teams that advanced to at least the Division Series in 2018, Red Sox relievers ranked 1st in postseason ERA (2.71) and opponent AVG (.187) ... Beginning with Game 2 of the 2018 ALCS, Red Sox relievers posted a 1.76 ERA (8 ER/41.0 IP), including a 1.40 mark (4 ER/25.2 IP) in the World Series ... Prior to joining BOS, spent the previous 6 seasons in the HOU organization, including 5 as the ML bullpen coach (2012, '14-17)...In 2013, served as minor league roving pitching instructor ... Earned a World Series title with HOU in 2017, coaching alongside then-Astros bench coach Alex Cora...HOU's bullpen ranked 2nd in MLB with a franchise-record 10.91 SO/9.0 IP ... In the Astros' 5-1 win over the Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, 4 HOU relievers combined to allow only 1 run on 3 hits in 6.2 IP ... From 2014-17, the Astros' bullpen led the majors with a 3.17 SO/BB ratio...In that time, HOU relievers also ranked 2nd in the majors in SO/9.0 IP (9.62) ... While he served as minor league roving pitching instructor in 2013, Astros affiliates posted a combined 3.83 ERA en route to a collective 476-360 record (.569)...7 of the 8 clubs finished with a winning record ... Prior to joining HOU, spent 13 seasons (1999-2011) as a minor league pitching coach in the MON/WSH, KC, LAD, and COL organizations ... Was the pitching coach for the Rookie-level Casper Ghosts (COL) from 2010-11 ... Prior to his time in the Rockies organization, spent 3 seasons as pitching coach for Rookie-level Ogden (LAD) from 2006-08 ... Made his coaching debut as a pitching coach in the Montreal Expos organization from 1999-2001 before coaching KC's Short-A Spokane in 2002 ... Returned to the MON/WSH organization to coach Short-A Vermont in 2003 and 2005...In 2004, was the pitching coach at MON's High-A Brevard County ... Also served as a pitching coach for Occidente Pastora de los Llanos in the Venezuelan Winter League for 4 seasons (2000-03).
Playing Career: Signed by HOU as a non-drafted free agent out of Nicholls State University in Thibodeau, LA ... Spent 3 seasons in the HOU minor league system, appearing at the Rookie, Short-A, and Single-A levels.. ... Made 81 appearances (27 starts), going 9-18 with 3 saves, a 3.82 ERA (109 ER/257.0 IP), and 162 SO.
Personal: Full name is Craig Michael Bjornson ... Last name is pronounced "BYORN-son." Attended Arizona Western Junior College in Yuma, AZ, before transferring to Nicholls State ... Attended Tucson High School and won the 1987 Arizona State Championship with the Badgers ... In the Community: Helped host kids clinics at Red Sox Winter Weekend in January 2019.