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Royals announce changes to coaching staff

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City Royals announced changes to their coaching staff today, effective immediately.

Alec Zumwalt, Senior Director for Player Development and Hitting Performance, will join the big league staff full-time and oversee all hitting efforts. Keoni DeRenne remains the Assistant Hitting Coach and Mike Tosar, Special Assignment Hitting Coach, will also be in uniform with the Major League team. As part of the changes, Hitting Coach Terry Bradshaw will no longer be with the team.

“Baseball is constantly shifting and we have to continue to self-evaluate to make sure we’re giving our players everything they need to be successful at the highest levels of baseball,” Royals General Manager JJ Picollo said. “Our results so far haven’t matched what we’re capable of, and we all share accountability in that. We look forward to Alec, Keoni and Mike helping us provide the best possible processes for our players.”

Zumwalt is in his 12th season with the Royals, and third in his current role. He was originally hired as a Pro Scout in 2011 and was awarded the 2015 Art Stewart Scout of the Year Award for his efforts during the World Series Championship season. He spearheaded a shift in hitting development that helped produce significant improvements in productivity, including Bobby Witt Jr. being named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year and MJ Melendez winning the Joe Bauman Award as minor league home run champion in 2021.

Tosar joined the Royals in his current position in 2020. Prior to that, he was an International Scout and Special Assignment Hitting Coach with the Dodgers from 2012-19. He’s also worked with the Mariners, Twins, Marlins and Rays organizations. In 2017, Tosar threw to then-Royal Mike Moustakas in the 2017 Home Run Derby.

“Changes like this are never easy and I’m grateful to Terry for his friendship and all he’s done for me personally and for our team,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “We can all do better, and that includes me. I’m confident that better days are ahead, and that Alec, Keoni and Mike will help us get there.”

Bradshaw played in 1995 and 1996 for the Cardinals and has worked in the Royals system since 2000 and played a key role in the development of Royals stars like Moustakas and Eric Hosmer before being elevated to Major League Hitting Coach in 2018. In that time, Whit Merrifield led baseball in hits twice (2018 and 2019), doubles (2021) and triples (10). Jorge Soler led the American League and broke the Royals single season record with 48 home runs in 2019, which Salvador Perez matched in 2021.

“Terry is one of the finest men I’ve known in baseball,” Royals President of Baseball Operations Dayton Moore said. “The Royals are a better franchise with and because of men like Terry. We thank him and his family for all they’ve done for the Royals and for baseball.”

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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