Matt Quatraro

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Matthew John Quatraro

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Biographical Information[edit]

Matt Quatraro was a top performer for Old Dominion University for a few years. In 1994, the sophomore hit .413/?/.690 and was second in the Colonial Athletic Association in batting average. In '95, he was second in the CAA in average once more, trailing Sean Casey by 90 points with a .371 mark. His 13 homers were one behind CAA co-leader Casey and he stole 15, slugging .685. He made the All-Conference team as a catcher. As a senior, he finally took the Association batting crown (.416) and also led in hits (87) and doubles (26), while slugging .766 and making the All-Conference team again as the top backstop. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays drafted him in the 8th round of the 1996 amateur draft.

Quatraro began his professional career with the Butte Copper Kings, hitting an impressive .344/~.405/.455, but in the high-offense Pioneer League, he just missed the top 10 in average. He still made the league All-Star team at catcher. Matt moved up to the Charleston RiverDogs in 1997, batting .299/~.340/.446 and stealing 15 in 20 tries.

The Tampa Bay minor leaguer was with the St. Petersburg Devil Rays in 1998 and he hit .248/~.318/.359 there. Returning to St. Pete in '99, he batted .261/~.306/.385; he made it to AA that year with the Orlando Rays, going 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer and two strikeouts there. In 2000, the New Yorker struggled in a third year with the St. Petersburg outfit, only hitting .204/.325/.327 in 15 games. Up to Orlando again in 2001, the 27-year-old produced well in AA, hitting .325/.375/.494 with 24 doubles in 271 at-bats. He did not play enough to qualify for the batting championship or he would have led the Southern League, 5 points ahead of Ben Broussard. Old for a first-time AAA player, Matt failed to light it up in 2002 with the Durham Bulls, only batting .198/.248/.257 in 35 games. With Durham, he mostly played first base and his 22 games nearly led a team that used 7 players there between 13 and 25 times - Aubrey Huff and David McCarty tied for the lead in usage.

Let go by the Rays, Matt came to the New York Yankees for a 2003 spring training invitation but didn't make the club and retired.

In 2004, he became the first Rays minor league player to join the organization’s coaching staff when he was hired as the hitting coach of the Hudson Valley Renegades. After two years in that role, he was promoted to the manager's job, which he held in 2006 and 2007. He became skipper of the Columbus Catfish following the 2007 season. In 2011 he was the Rays' minor league hitting coordinator. In 2014, he was appointed assistant hitting coach of the Cleveland Indians. He returned to the Rays in 2018 as third base coach. In 2019, he was promoted to bench coach.

Quatraro also spent a number of years in the 2000s on the coaching staff at the University at Albany.

Sources: 1995-2003 Baseball Almanacs, "Q's New Path" by Rob Jonas for Spotlight Newspapers

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2006 Hudson Valley Renegades New York-Penn League 31-43 12th Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2007 Hudson Valley Renegades New York-Penn League 34-42 9th (t) Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2008 Columbus Catfish South Atlantic League 67-69 10th Tampa Bay Rays
2009 Bowling Green Hot Rods South Atlantic League 64-74 14th Tampa Bay Rays

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