Royals promote Bradshaw to minor-league hitting coordinator

The Royals stayed in-house Monday in selecting Terry Bradshaw to replace Jack Maloof as their minor-league hitting instructor.

Bradshaw, 43, spent the last four seasons as the hitting coach at Class AA Northwest Arkansas after filling that same role for the preceding five seasons at Class AAA Omaha.

“Terry has been an integral part in the success of our young minor-league hitters as they have progressed through our system and reached Kansas City,” said Scott Sharp, the organization’s director of player development.

“He will now have the ability to positively impact our hitters throughout all levels of the organization.”

The Royals recently promoted Maloof to replace Kevin Seitzer as their major-league hitting coach. Manager Ned Yost characterized that move, in part, as a desire for the organization to present a consistent message at all levels.

Shifting Bradshaw into Maloof’s old role reflects the same philosophy.

The Royals also hired José Castro to serve as their assistant minor-league hitting coordinator and Milt Thompson to be the system’s outfield, bunting and base-runner coordinator.

Castro, 54, spent the last five seasons as Seattle’s minor-league hitting coordinator and has 24 years of experience as a professional hitting coach.

Thompson, 53, logged 13 seasons as a big-league outfielder for six teams and spent five seasons as Philadelphia’s hitting coach. He worked the last two years as Houston’s roving minor-league outfield and base-running instructor.

Francisco hired

The Royals also bolstered their international operations by hiring Felix Francisco to serve as a special assignment scout/international and pro scouting.

Francisco spent the last three years at Houston as a special assistant to the general manager for Latin American operations. He also is the general manager for La Romana in the Dominican Winter League.

Francisco began scouting in 1995 and worked for Atlanta and San Diego prior to joining the Astros’ organization.