The Red Wings announced today that former Major Leaguer Tom Brunansky will be the team’s hitting coach this season.

Brunansky, who played 14 years in the Majors including seven with the Twins, was double-A New Britain’s hitting coach last season. This will be his first triple-A experience.

The Star Tribune's Joe Christensen writes that Brunansky “drew rave reviews” in his third season in the Twins minor league system last year. He started coaching the Gulf Coast League Twins in 2010 before taking a full-time coaching position with the Rock Cats.

Upon immediate review, this seems to be a smart hire for the Red Wings. Brunansky was the hitting coach last season for players like Joe Benson and Chris Parmelee who project to feature prominently with the Red Wings this season.