Frank Menechino enters third year with Miami, his first as assistant hitting coach...Last season, Marlins posted fourth-highest team average (.260) among National League clubs. Over last two years, Miami's .256 team average ranks sixth in NL...In first season, Miami's run total improved from 513 in 2013 to 645 in 2014. Marlins hitters also raised team average from .231 to .253. Miami ranked sixth among National League offenses in on-base percentage (.317), and seventh in runs and average...Spent previous five seasons in New York Yankees' system, with last three as a coach for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...Began coaching career with two-year stint as hitting coach for Double-A Trenton from 2009-10.
Appeared in 450 Major League games with Oakland (1999-2004) and Toronto (2004-05), compiling a .240 career average with 58 doubles, 36 home runs and 149 RBI...Made two appearances as pitcher, last on August 28, 2004 while with Toronto. Was just fourth Blue Jays position player in team history to make appearance as pitcher. Allowed two hits in 0.1 inning against the Yankees...Tossed 1.0 inning on July 18, 2000 at Coors Field, allowing four runs on six hits...Played 18 games with Nettuno in Italian Baseball League in 2008, and appeared for Team Italy during 2006 World Baseball Classic.
Frank Menechino (men-eh-kee-no)...drafted out of University of Alabama in 1993 by Chicago White Sox (45th round), where he majored in education...as a junior in 1992, led Crimson Tide in hitting (.349), walks (37) and stolen bases (22)...prior to transferring to Alabama, played baseball at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla.