Begins his second season as the Yankees' assistant hitting coach… made his Major League coaching debut in 2018 after being named to the role on 2/5/18… is the third person to hold the position, joining Alan Cockrell in 2015 and Marcus Thames from 2016-17 ... The 2019 season marks his eighth with the Yankees organization (second in his current role) after previously serving as the hitting coach at four different levels over five years from 2013-17: Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (2017), Double-A Trenton (2015-16), Single-A Tampa (2014) and Single-A Charleston (2013)… began his coaching career with the GCL Yankees in 2012 ... In 2017-his only season coaching with Scranton/WB-the RailRiders established a Yankees-era franchise record with a league-high 153HR, surpassing the previous team high of 133, set in 2013 ... In 2014, served as the hitting coach for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League.
Played eight minor league seasons as a catcher in the Yankees system from 2004-11, hitting .264 (424-for- 1,605) with 77 doubles, 16HR and 183RBI in 470 games ... Twice led his league in fielding percentage at C, producing a .995 mark with Double-A Trenton in 2007 and a .998 mark with Single-A Tampa in 2006… posted a .995 career fielding pct. as a catcher, making just 18 errors in 3,306 total chances behind the plate ... Was signed by Arizona to a minor league contract as a free agent in November 2010, but was released by the Diamondbacks prior to the start of the 2011 season and re-signed with the Yankees ... Was originally selected by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.
Last name is pronounced "pill-ih-TAIR-ee." ... Was a team captain at Cal State Fullerton, helping lead the Titans to a College World Series Championship in 2004… hit .351 with 18 doubles, 4HR and 49RBI in 69 games during his senior season ... Graduated from Bishop Amat H.S. (Calif.)… earned first-team All-Del Rey League and honorable mention All-San Gabriel Valley honors… was the starting catcher in the 1999 San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game.