Rich Gedman returns for his fourth season as PawSox hitting coach and his 8th year as a coach in the Red Sox system. He was promoted from the Portland Sea Dogs (AA), where he held the same role, to Pawtucket in 2015.
The PawSox improved their Team Batting average 16 points from 2015 (.238) to 2016 (.254) and continued to go up with a .258 average in 2017. In 2017, OF Bryce Brentz became just the 7th player in PawSox history to hit 30 or more HR in a season as his 31 homers led the International League and his 85 RBI were 4th most. OF Rusney Castillo led the team with a .314 batting average.
A Worcester, MA native, Gedman played for Boston for 11 seasons from 1980-1990. In 906 career games with the Red Sox he hit .259 with 83 HR & 356 RBI. He is 4th in Red Sox history with 858 games caught behind only Jason Varitek, Carlton Fisk, and Sammy Walton.