Both the Red Sox roster and their coaching staff are in for big changes going into next year. The Red Sox have already started on changing up their staff, opening up their head and assistant pitching coach positions. They also let go of their old assistant hitting coach and brought in Peter Fatse as their first coach signing of the offseason.
Fatse was born in Holyoke, MA on August 3rd, 1987 (age 32) and attended Minnechaug Regional High School before playing baseball at UConn from 2007 to 2009. While at UConn, Fatse studied political science and government. He was selected in the 24th round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Brewers and decided to take leave school early.
He played two years in Milwaukee’s system, playing average in A to A+ baseball leagues. He moved to Independent ball in 2011 and had a batting average of .282 with 13 homers over 169 games (two seasons) in the league. He retired in 2012 but was not out of baseball entirely. This was because two years earlier in 2010, Fatse founded the Advance Performance Academy in Palmer, MA. The academy has been widely successful but may be permanently closed now due to his new job with the Red Sox.
Around the same time he opened up that business, he went back to college, this time at Western New England College. He has also served as a consultant to professional and amateur hitters for much of the last decade, for the Holyoke Blue Sox and for the New England Royals. The Twins noticed his skill at coaching hitters and was hired by the Twins as their minor league hitting coordinator last year. He was quite successful at his job, and if the Red Sox didn’t come calling he would probably still be there.
Who He’s Replacing
Andy Barkett was a former minor league baseball player, with an 11-year career. Two years after he retired, he became a manager in the Tigers’ minor league organization in 2007. He managed the Class A Short Season Oneonta Tigers of the New York–Penn League. From 2008 to 2010, he managed the Class A-Advanced Lakeland Tigers of the Florida State League.
Then once again, on December 14, 2010, he received an improved role as Barkett moved to manage the Double-A Jacksonville Suns in the Marlins organization. After four years at the managing position for the Marlins, he became their minor league assistant hitting coordinator in 2015. Barkett returned for two seasons to the Pirates’ organization as an assistant minor league hitting coordinator in 2016, and then as manager of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians in 2017.
On November 4, 2017, Barkett was named assistant hitting coach of the Boston Red Sox. Here he was part of the 2018 World Series Championship, aiding young manager Alex Cora. He stayed this past year, and at one point temporarily took over as third-base coach when the team’s usual coach, Carlos Febles, had issues with his right foot. Barkett was dismissed from the team after failing to make the playoffs, a fact that became official when the team confirmed it on October 8th.
What He Brings to The Red Sox
Fatse brings an attentive approach to his players. Many of the people he has worked with have praised his ability to produce constructive criticism when altering a player’s hitting form. There are not many better options to take over this role, as his experience is impressive for someone so young. He is used to advising teams on hitting, though not exactly at this level yet, and is very successful with his adjustments and advice. A smart pickup, and good investment for the future of the coaching staff.