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12/17/09 4:16 PM EST

Boroski named assistant pitching coach

New hire served in Astros organization for past 18 years

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays named Stan Boroski assistant to Major League pitching coach Jim Hickey on Thursday.

Boroski, 46, joins the Rays from the Astros' organization, where he has served as either a coach or scout during the past 18 years, including the past three seasons as pitching coach for Double-A Corpus Christi in the Texas League.

"Stan brings a nice versatility to the position," Hickey said. "In addition to having been on the field as a pitching coach for the past 12 years, his scouting experience gives us another set of eyes from the stands. The fact that he was drafted as a position player also provides a unique perspective."

A native of Ohio, Boroski was the pitching coach for Class A Salem, Houston's affiliate in the Carolina League, from 2003-06. He served in the same capacity for Class A Michigan in the Midwest League for two seasons and had previously been a coach with the Astros' Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League affiliates. He served as a scout from 1991-93 and combined coaching and scouting duties at various other times during his career with Houston.

Boroski was drafted by the Brewers as a catcher out of Buckeye South High School in Tiltonsville, Ohio, in 1981 and spent three seasons in Milwaukee's system. In '85, he was signed as a pitcher by the Royals and remained in that organization for four years.

Boroski has a degree in biology from Ohio University and resides in St. Cloud, Fla., with his wife, Carol, and two children, Sarah and Clayton.

He replaces Brian Anderson, who will serve as color commentator on approximately 50 Rays games which will be telecasted on FSN Florida and Sun Sports in 2010.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.