Rays tap Snyder as Triple-A pitching coach

Former big leaguer promoted after three seasons working in organization

Rays tap Snyder as Triple-A pitching coach

SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Snyder has been named the new pitching coach for the Triple-A Durham Bulls.

Snyder joins the Bulls' staff after the departure of Neil Allen, who was recently named the new pitching coach of the Twins.

"Kyle Snyder is an excellent pitching coach," Rays farm director Mitch Lukevics said. "... He's way ahead of the curve in development. He's smart, has passion, can relate to all. I say all, because he's been often injured as a professional. He's been in the big leagues. He's been rehab. He's been bounced around.

"When you have those kinds of experiences, you can relate to all. And we're really excited that we had someone in house that we could promote to Durham."

Snyder, 37, will be entering his fourth season with the Rays' organization. He was a Minor League pitching coordinator in 2014 after spending two seasons as a pitching coach at Class A Bowling Green (2013) and Short-Season Class A Hudson Valley (2012).

A former first-round Draft pick (seventh overall, 1999) of the Royals, the 6-foot-8 right-hander logged five seasons in the Major Leagues, including 46 relief appearances with the 2007 World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Snyder was originally selected by the Rays in the 1996 First-Year Player Draft, but he opted not to sign and spent three seasons in Chapel Hill pitching for the University of North Carolina.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.