James Kash Beauchamp, born January 8th, 1963 in Grove, Oklahoma, was hired by the Winnipeg Goldeyes on November 4th, 2019 and enters his first season hitting coach.
Beauchamp has more than 30 years of experience in professional baseball as a player, coach, manager, and scout. In addition to his role with the Goldeyes, Beauchamp also serves as the Independent League Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, a position he has held since 2017.
Selected first overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the January phase of the1982 amateur draft, Beauchamp played 14 seasons, reaching the Triple-A level six times, and compiling a .285 batting average in 1,083 professional games.
In 1993, Beauchamp hit .367 over 47 games for the Northern League’s Rochester Aces (the franchise that eventually became the Winnipeg Goldeyes) and became the first player in independent baseball history to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization. Beauchamp was picked up by the Cincinnati Reds where he was assigned to Double-A Chattanooga.
After playing in the high minors for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics, Beauchamp attended spring training with the Goldeyes in 1995 before taking a coaching position in the Montreal Expos’ organization.
Beauchamp served three seasons with the Expos as a hitting coach before accepting his first managerial job when he was hired by the expansion New Jersey Jackals in 1998. Beauchamp led the Jackals to a Northeast League championship during their inaugural campaign, and has managed a total of 10 years in the independent ranks with five postseason appearances.
Most recently, Beauchamp served as hitting coach for the Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2018.
Beauchamp won four championships during his playing career, capturing titles with the Rookie Pioneer League’s Medicine Hat Blue Jays (1982), the Triple-A International League’s Richmond Braves (1989), the Double-A Texas League’s Shreveport Captains (1990), and the Triple-A Pacific Coast League’s Albuquerque Dukes (1994).
Beauchamp’s late father, Jim, played 10 seasons in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and St. Louis Cardinals. The elder Beauchamp was the Braves’ bench coach from 1991-2001, which included Atlanta’s 1995 World Series championship.
Kash Beauchamp’s Professional Coaching/Managerial Experience
1995 Harrisburg Senators, Double-A Eastern League, Montreal Expos (Hitting Coach)
1996 Gulf Coast League Expos, Rookie Gulf Coast League, Montreal Expos (Hitting Coach)
1997 Cape Fear Crocs, Low-A South Atlantic League, Montreal Expos (Hitting Coach)
1998 New Jersey Jackals, Northeast League, Ind. (Manager)
1999 New Jersey Jackals, Northern League East, Ind. (Manager)
2000 New Jersey Jackals, Northern League East, Ind. (Manager)
2001 Lincoln Saltdogs, Northern League, Ind. (Manager)
2002 Adirondack Lumberjacks, Northern League East, Ind. (Manager)
2003 Bangor Lumberjacks, Northeast League, Ind. (Manager)
2004 Bangor Lumberjacks, Northeast League, Ind. (Manager)
2006 Pensacola Pelicans, American Association, Ind. (Manager)
2007 Anderson Joes, South Coast League, Ind. (Manager)
2008 Wichita Wingnuts, American Association, Ind. (Manager)
2017 Arizona Diamondbacks (Independent League Scout)
2018 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, Atlantic League, Ind. (Hitting Coach)/Arizona Diamondbacks (Independent League Scout)
2019 Arizona Diamondbacks (Independent League Scout)