Astros name four coaches to Hinch's big league staff

Astros name four coaches to Hinch's big league staff

The 2015 Major League coaching staff for new Astros manager A.J. Hinch is beginning to take form, after the team named four new members Friday.

Trey Hillman was named bench coach, Dave Hudgens as hitting coach, Gary Pettis as the third-base coach as well as outfield/baserunning instructor and Rich Dauer as first-base coach and infield instructor.

Houston previously announced Brent Strom will be retained as pitching coach while Craig Bjornson will return as bullpen coach, each for a second season with the Astros.

Hillman served as the Yankees special assistant in Major and Minor League operations in 2014, after spending the previous three seasons as bench coach for Don Mattingly and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hudgens spent the last four seasons as the hitting coach with the Mets, but was dismissed in May. This will be his second stint with the Astros. He served as the roving hitting instructor in Houston's system from 1989-95.

Pettis spent the past eight seasons on the coaching staff with the Rangers, and had been the third-base coach since 2013. Dauer owns a combined 15 years as a coach in the Majors during his career, and has been the manager for the Double-A San Antonio Missions in the Padres organization during the past two seasons.

Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.