Ludy to Serve as Hitting Coach and Player
As always, a new Rascals season brings changes on the roster as new faces arrive and former players advance their careers elsewhere. However, the 2016 roster will bring a unique flavor as former All-Star catcher Josh Ludy serves as a player/coach for the Rascals.
Ludy will be entering his third season with the Rascals and has proven his capabilities not only on the field, but in the locker room as a team leader. He played a prominent role in guiding the team to two straight Frontier League Championship Series in 2014 and 2015. “I’m excited for the upcoming season and the unique opportunity to begin a coaching career and still compete on the field,” said Ludy.
“I’m thrilled to be bringing Josh Ludy on as our 2016 Hitting Coach. Ludy carries the respect of our players and goes about his business in a dedicated, motivated, and professional manner day in and day out. His personality and character are a perfect fit for this organization and will translate into success as a player-coach. I’m so excited to see what he can do in this expanded role and am proud to be bringing him back in this capacity,” Rascals manager Steve Brook said.
Long-time Rascals outfielder and 2015 hitting coach Eric Williams will be moving on from the team to take a spot within the St.Louis Cardinals organization. Williams spent five seasons with the club and will be remembered throughout the Frontier League for getting on-base at a league high rate, even drawing an incredible 104 walks in 2012.
Brook said, “I’m very thankful for the service that Eric Williams has provided me, our players, and our organization these past 5 seasons. He is a true professional and I wish him the best with his new position in the Cardinals organization.”