Joe Espada was named the Astros bench coach on Nov. 6, 2017. The 2019 season is his second with the Astros and his ninth overall on a Major League coaching staff. In addition to his day-to-day duties, Espada is in charge of infield positioning, a large task, as Houston shifts as much as or more than any other Major League team. Espada came to the Astros after four years with the Yankees organization (2014-17), serving the last three as the Yankees third base coach (2015-17). The Yankees made the postseason in two of Espada's three seasons on the field, and were eliminated in both years by the Astros, in the 2015 Wild Card Game and in the 2017 American League Championship Series. In 2014, Espada served as a professional scout for the Yankees. Prior to joining the Yankees, Espada had an eight-year run with the Marlins (2006-13), topping out as their third base coach for four seasons from 2010-13. He also served as the Marlins minor league infield coordinator (2008-09) and as a hitting coach for Class A Jupiter (2007) and Class A Greensboro (2006). His coaching career followed a 10-year playing career (1996-2005), which started with Oakland as a second round pick in the 1996 draft. He would appear in 644 career minor league games, while splitting time with the Oakland (1996-2000), Florida (2001), Colorado (2001), Kansas City (2002), St. Louis (2003), Texas (2003) and Tampa Bay (2004) organizations. He also played two years (2004-05) of Independent League ball with Pensacola. A native of Santurce, Espada has been active in Puerto Rican baseball in his career. He's twice served as the third base coach for runner-up Team Puerto Rico in the 2017 and 2013 World Baseball Classic. He also has experience managing in the Puerto Rican Winter League, as he led the Gigantes de Carolina in the 2014-15 offseason, and the Atenienses de Manatí in the 2012-13 offseason. Espada is married to Dr. Pamela Espada and the couple has two daughters, Eliana Marie and Viviana Elena. He attended the University of Mobile (Ala.), where he still ranks among the offensive leaders in several categories, owning the school's top two single-season batting averages (.468 in 1995 and .446 in 1996) and top career batting average (.442).