From BR Bullpen
Luis Octavio Natera
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 152 lb.
 Biographical Information
Luis Natera has been a minor league player, manager and coach. His son Luis Natera Jr. also has played pro ball.
Natera signed with the New York Mets in 1984. He was 12 for 43 with a double, triple and two walks for the Kingsport Mets that year. He was a utility infielder, primarily backing up Marcus Lawton at short and fielding .896 there. In 1985, Luis hit just .175/~.250/.206 for the Little Falls Mets with 10 runs produced in 61 games. He split short and third with Craig Repoz.
Remaining with Little Falls in '86, Natera had a career year at .266/~.348/.327 while starting at short. In 1987, he fell to .216/~.255/.275 with the Columbia Mets while remaining his club's everyday shortstop. He hit .189/.242/.211 with Columbia in 1988, now as a backup to Alex Diaz. It was his last season as a player.
Natera managed the DSL Mets from 1994-1997, posting winning records each year, and leading his club to the 1994 Dominican Summer League title. He coached for the 1998 GCL Mets. Natera spent the 1999 season as the hitting coach of the Capital City Bombers before moving up to the AA Binghamton Mets in 2000. After spending 2001 working as a coordinator at the Mets Dominican Academy In 2002, he again managed the DSL Mets. 2003 saw Natera become the hitting coach of the Kingsport Mets. After two years at Kingsport he moved up to the Hagerstown Suns for the 2005 and 2006 seasons . He spent the 2007 season with the St. Lucie Mets before returning to Binghamton for the 2008 season. Natera started the 2009 season in AAA with Buffalo Bisons but went back to Binghamton in June. He has been the hitting coach for B-Mets since that time.
Primary Source: 2010 Mets Media Guide