Yankees finalize teaching workers for 2022 season


The Yankees completed their 2022 Big League coaching staff on Tuesday, mixing some new faces with many familiar ones.

Among the newcomers is Luis Rojas, who will take on the duties of third base and outfield coach for the Americans. Rojas, 40, has spent the past 16 years organizing the Mets, including the previous two as a manager.

Bench coach Carlos Mendoza will return for his 14th season in the Yankees organization and his third in his current role. Pitching coach Matt Blake is also back for a third season, while Mike Harkey is returning for his 13th season as the club’s bullpen coach.

Blake and Harkey will be helped by Desi Druschel, who joins the Yankees Major League team as assistant pitching coach after serving the past three seasons as manager of the team’s pitching development.

On the offensive, 36-year-old Dillon Lawson is accepted into the Big League as a New York hit coach. He has spent the past three years serving as the Yankees’ minor league hits coordinator.

The Americans also announced two assistant coaches, Eric Chavez and Casey Dykes. 44-year-old Chavez, who played two seasons in his 17-year career in the Bronx, spent five seasons in the Angels’ organization as special assistant to the general manager from 2016-2020. Dykes, 31, served as the hit coach for Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre last season.

The Major League coaching staff is rounded off by first-base / infield coach Travis Chapman and quality control / catching coach Tanner Swanson.



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