Sean Ratliff, the hitting instructor for the K-Mets in the 2015 season, will return to Kingsport this summer as the team’s manager, the Mets announced Monday.
Ratliff spent the past two seasons as the hitting coach for the Mets’ Brooklyn farm team.
The new manager, who turned 31 on Saturday, played in the organization’s farm system from 2008-12. The former outfielder had a .325 batting average with 43 home runs and 176 RBIs during the four seasons.
Ratliff’s playing career took a detrimental turn during spring training in 2011 when he was hit by a checked-swing foul ball off the bat of teammate Zach Lutz while standing in the on-deck circle.
The Mets also announced Monday that pitching coach Josue Matos will return for a second season at Kingsport and former major leaguer Delwyn Young, who spent three seasons with the Los Angles Dodgers and two with the Pittsburgh Pirates, will be the new hitting coach. The position is the first coaching position in the professional ranks for Young.