Coaching Career: Enters his 1st season in the Red Sox organization...Was named Bullpen Coach on 11/13/17. Spent the last 6 seasons in the HOU organization, including 5 as the ML bullpen coach (2012, '14-17)...In 2013, served as minor league roving pitching instructor. Earned a World Series title with HOU in 2017...Coached alongside then-Astros bench coach Alex Cora. In 2017, HOU's bullpen ranked 2nd in MLB with a franchise-record 10.91 SO/9.0 IP. From 2014-17, the Astros' bullpen led the majors with a 3.17 SO/BB ratio...In that time, HOU relievers also ranked 2nd in the majors in SO/9.0 IP (9.62). The Astros' 3 highest single-season bullpen SO/BB rates have come in the last 3 seasons (4.03 in 2016, 3.43 in 2015, and 3.11 in 2017). While he served as minor league roving pitching instructor in 2013, Astros affiliates posted a combined 3.83 ERA en route to a collective 476-360 record (.569)...7 of the 8 clubs finished with a winning record. Prior to joining HOU, spent 13 seasons (1999-2011) as a minor league pitching coach in the MON/WSH, KC, LAD, and COL organizations. Was the pitching coach for the Rookie-level Casper Ghosts (COL) from 2010-11. Prior to his time in the Rockies organization, spent 3 seasons as pitching coach for Rookie-level Ogden (LAD) from 2006-08...Made his coaching debut as a pitching coach in the Montreal Expos organization from 1999-2001 before coaching KC's Short-A Spokane in 2002...Returned to the MON/WSH organization to coach Short-A Vermont in 2003 and 2005...In 2004, was the pitching coach at MON's High-A Brevard County. Also served as a pitching coach for Occidente Pastora de los Llanos in the Venezuelan Winter League for 4 seasons (2000-03).
Playing Career: Signed by HOU as a non-drafted free agent out of Nicholls State University in Thibodeau, LA. Spent 3 seasons in the HOU minor league system, appearing at the Rookie, Short-A, and Single-A levels...Made 81 appearances (27 starts), going 9-18 with 3 saves, a 3.82 ERA (109 ER/257.0 IP), and 162 SO. Attended Arizona Western Junior College in Yuma, AZ, before transferring to Nicholls State.
Personal: Full name is Craig Michael Bjornson. Last name is pronounced "BYORN-son." Attended Tucson High School and won the 1987 Arizona State Championship with the Badgers.