The Kansas City Royals named Jack Maloof as the club’s Major League hitting coach and Andre David as the assistant Major League hitting coach.

“We are extremely pleased that both Jack and Andre will be joining our Major League staff,” said Royals manager Ned Yost. “Both bring valuable experience as Major League hitting coaches. In addition, they have worked closely with a majority of our young hitters from the moment they signed and that creates a comfort level that should prove very beneficial for all of us.”

Maloof joined the Royals in 2008 as the club’s Special Assistant to Player Development and Minor League Hitting Coordinator. The 2013 season will mark his second stint as a Major League hitting coach, having served with the Florida Marlins in that capacity from 1999-2001. With Florida, he helped the club’s batting average rise in his first season by 15 points while the Marlins increased their home run production from 114 in 1998, the year prior to his arrival, to 166 in 2001.

David will be in his 15th season in the Royals organization in 2013. David most recently has worked as the hitting coach with the Surprise Royals in the Arizona League for the past three seasons. He was the Royals Major League hitting coach from May 30, 2005 to May 1, 2006 and also served several seasons, beginning in 2001, as the club’s minor league hitting instructor.