The Auckland Tuatara will welcome back some familiar faces in their second Australian Baseball League season, with Darren Bragg and D.J. Carrasco joining the coaching staff.

Bragg, a former outfielder with the Boston Red Sox, will return to his role as hitting coach with the Tuatara - a post he held during the team's inaugural season. Carrasco, who pitched in Major League Baseball for nine seasons across five clubs, will take the reins as the team's pitching coach.

Carrasco was initally expected to man the position in the team's inaugural season but did not end up making the trip over as Cola Yeh coached the pitchers.

The 41-year-old is also expected to be available to pitch for the franchise in either a starting role or in relief.


Carrasco and Bragg join manager Steve Mintz on the coaching staff.

Tuatara general manager Regan Wood said it was a no-brainer to enlist the support of the two veterans of the sport.

"Between them they boast a heap of Major League experience and baseball knowledge.

"I am delighted to have got the coaching staff in place and we will now focus on securing a core group of players to build our team around."