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Derek Shelton #17

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Full Name:
Derek Shelton
Uniform #:
17

COACHING CAREER
- Named the Rays sixth hitting coach on Oct. 21, 2009…follows Steve Henderson (1998, 2006-09), Leon Roberts (1999-2000), Wade Boggs (2001), Milt May (2002) and Lee Elia (2003-05).
- In 2013, Rays hitters struck out their fewest times since 2006 and raised their average 17 points (from .240 to .257) over 2012, tied with the Red Sox for the greatest improvement in the majors.
- During his tenure (2010-13), the Rays have walked 2,403 times, most in the majors.
- Prior to joining the Rays, spent the previous five seasons as hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians…named to that post on June 4, 2005 at the age of 34, replacing Hall of Famer Eddie Murray…in his first full season in the position in 2006, the Indians finished second in the majors in runs scored with 860.
- Over his tenure, Cleveland ranked fifth in the majors in runs scored, seventh in avg., second in doubles, third in OBP, sixth in slugging and 10th in HR.
- Was with the Indians organization for seven seasons…was their minor league hitting coordinator from 2003-05. 
- Spent the previous six seasons in the Yankees system…began his coaching career with the Rookie-level GCL Yankees in 1997 and earned promotions to Class A Tampa in 1998 and Double-A Norwich in 1999…managed three years for the GCL Yankees (2000-01) and Short-Season Class A Staten Island (2002), leading his clubs to three first-place finishes and league championships in 2001 and 2002.
- In Nov. 2011, he served as hitting coach for the MLB All-Star squad that played five games against the Chinese Taipei national team in Taiwan…the MLB All-Stars swept the series.

PLAYING CAREER
- Played two years (1992-93) as a catcher in the Yankees system…underwent elbow surgery after the 1993 season, ending his career…at Class A Greensboro played under former Rays coach and current field coordinator Bill Evers.

PERSONAL & MISC.
- Serves as a spokesman for Speed Hitter, recognized nationally as one of the top batting aids for players of all ages. 
- His father, Ron, was a lefty who pitched two seasons (1966-67) at Bluefield (Orioles) in the Appalachian League.
- Graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in criminal justice…caught four seasons for the Salukis, 1989-92…as a junior, he led the Missouri Valley Conference by throwing out 43 percent of opposing base stealers…named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Academic Team as a junior in 1991.
- Resides in St. Pete Beach with his wife, Alison, and three children: Jackson, Isabella and Gianna.
- The Sheltons have helped raise nearly $100,000 for All Children's Hospital over the past three years by co-chairing the Mystery Ball event held annually at a Rays home game…fans purchase an autographed baseball inside a "mystery" paper bag.

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