Red Sox hire Western Mass. native Pete Fatse as assistant hitting coach

Boston Red Sox' J.D. Martinez, right, is greeted by coach Andy Barkett (58) as he rounds the base on his two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The Red Sox cut ties with assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett (left) earlier this month. –Nick Wass/AP

The Red Sox are hiring Western Massachusetts native Peter Fatse as their new assist­ant hitting coach.

Fatse, 32, attended Minne­chaug Regional High School in Wilbraham before playing college ball at Connecticut, where he hit .294/.396/.488 in three seasons. He was selected by the Brewers in the 24th round of the 2009 draft, and spent two seasons in Milwaukee’s system before spending another two years playing independent ball.

While still playing professionally, Fatse opened Advanced Performance Academy in Western Massachusetts, where his interest in player development allowed him to become well-versed in the hitting philosophies of and technologies employed by many of the consultants who helped reshape hitting approaches in the game in recent years.