The Red Sox have decided to go with Dave Bush as their new pitching coach for next season. Bush replaces Dana LeVangie, who exited the role (but not the organization) after two seasons.
It’s a first pitching coach assignment for Bush, but he’s a well-known face to the Red Sox. The 39-year-old held the title Pitching Coordinator for the team in 2019. From 2016-18 he was Boston’s Pitching Development Analyst. In all, Bush played in parts of nine Major League seasons going 56-59 with a 4.73 ERA in 211 games (187 starts) for the Blue Jays, Brewers, and Rangers.
The club promoted another familiar face, Kevin Walker, 43, to the role of Assistant Pitching Coach. Walker, who was the pitching coach at Triple-A Pawtucket in 2018-19, has also worked at Double-A Portland, High-A Salem, Single-A Greenville, and Short-A Lowell. Prior to coaching Walker appeared in parts of six Major League seasons with the Padres, Giants, and White Sox.
In other new roles, the Sox have announced that former Twins Minor League Hitting Coordinator Peter Fatse, 32, will become their new Assistant Hitting Coach. The Massachusetts native replaces Andy Barkett, who was let go in October after two seasons in the role.
Rey Fuentes rounds out the newest members of the Sox coaching staff, joining as the team’s new Mental Skills Coordinator. Fuentes has been the Latin Coordinator of the mental skills program for the Cubs since 2015.