The Milwaukee Brewers have made history, hiring the first female minor league hitting coordinator in baseball history.
On Thursday, the Brewers announced their minor league coaching and player development staff and assignments.
On that list, is Sara Goodrum as the Brewers new Roving Coordinator of Hitting Development Initiatives. Goodrum previously served as the Crew’s Coordinator of Integrative Sports Performance.
A former softball player at the University of Oregon, Goodrum has been in the Brewers organization for the past several years and is said to be a great hitting technician and a rising star in the industry.
As the roving hitting coordinator, Goodrum will be responsible for setting the hitting curriculum all the other minor league hitting coaches should implement and help develop personalized plans for Brewers hitting prospects.
The Brewers have a number of hitting prospects in their system, especially after their hitter-heavy focus on it in the 2020 Draft. She’ll have her work cut out for her getting players like Corey Ray and Lucas Erceg back on the right track. A lot of the Crew’s position player prospects in the upper levels of the minors have been struggling offensively, and they might be in need of a new voice and new ideas to help them reach their potential.
Given her background and her familiarity with the Brewers organization, she seems like a perfect fit for the job and this will help open the door for so many others within the industry and open more doors for herself as well.
Other Coaching Staff News
The Brewers have added a familiar face to the minor league staff as well. Former Brewer Junior Spivey joins the Crew as their coordinator of baseball diversity initiatives and will be based out of Phoenix.
Also, former big league outfielder Quinton McCracken has joined the Crew as the special assistant in baseball operations/player development.
The Triple-A Nashville Sounds will once again be managed by Rick Sweet, and former closer Jim Henderson will be the pitching coach for him. Henderson pitched for the Sounds as a Brewers farmhand in 2011, 2012, and 2014 and was the Crew’s primary closer in 2013, notching 28 saves.
Goodrum earned this promotion and there’s been nothing but extremely positive reports about her ability as a coach since the announcement.