The Red Sox have hired Kyle Hudson to be their first base coach and outfield instructor, rounding out their major league coaching hires for 2023, according to Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal.
Hudson, 36, joins Boston having spent the past three seasons with the Guardians, where he worked as an outfield instructor and staff assistant. Prior to that, he’d served as a bench coach at Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate in Columbus in 2019.
Hudson, a left fielder, got a brief taste of the big leagues as a player in 2014, tallying 29 plate appearances and picking up four hits across a 14 game stint for the Orioles. At the highest level of the minor leagues, Hudson owned a combined .276/.353/.304 line. While he never hit a home run across eight minor league seasons, he was known for his speed, and picked up 191 stolen bases.
He’ll take the spot on Alex Cora’s staff vacated by Will Venable, who has gone to the Rangers. Venable worked as Boston’s bench coach, but his departure saw previous first base coach Ramon Vazquez promoted to the role for 2023.