Jeff Albert was named the Astros second hitting coach on Nov. 13, 2017. Albert spent the last five seasons (2013-17) with the Astros organization, including the last four (2014-17) as the Astros minor league hitting coordinator. Prior to that post, Albert served one season (2013) as the club's roving hitting instructor. Prior to joining the Astros, Albert spent five seasons (2008-12) as a hitting coach in the Cardinals minor league system. He began his coaching career as a hitting coach at Class A Short Season Batavia in 2008, where he helped guide the club to a championship season as the MuckDogs offense was shut out just once all year. From Batavia, he was promoted to Class A Advanced Palm Beach, where he spent four seasons as the club's hitting coach (2009-12). Albert graduated from Butler University, and then played professionally in the independent leagues. He went on to earn a Master's degree in exercise science at Louisiana Tech University, where he was involved in various baseball training and research studies, as well as strength and conditioning work with the school's baseball and softball teams. Albert is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and runs swingtraining.net, which is a site dedicated to baseball training and analysis.