SAN DIEGO – The San Diego League today named Palomar College Volunteer Assistant Audie Afenir as head coach of the Hooks for the 2020 season. Chief Operating Officer Connor Little made the announcement.
Afenir, the son of local New York Yankees Area Scout Troy Afenir, has served as a part-time volunteer assistant at Palomar for the last four seasons. He recently concluded a five-year professional playing career in the Yankees system (2015-17) and independent leagues (2017-19).
“We are excited to add another bright baseball mind – from a bright baseball family – to our group of young and hungry head coaches for 2020,” Little said. “We look forward to seeing him on the field helping in the development of the Hooks players.”
“Baseball is in my blood and I can’t wait to parlay my knowledge and experience to the players,” Afenir said. “It’s exciting to be involved with such a forward-thinking league and such a talented group of student athletes.”
The 28-year-old Afenir has served as a part-time associate scout for his father, who played parts of four major league seasons with the Houston Astros (1987), Oakland Athletics (1990-91), and Cincinnati Reds (1992) after signing with the Astros as a first-round pick in 1983 out of Palomar College. Audie also was an assistant coach on the Yankees’ scout ball team in Southern California in 2019.
Audie Afenir was a 25th-round selection of the Yankees in 2015 out of Oral Roberts University (OK), where he earned a B.S. in Recreation Administration and a Minor in Humanities. He also has an Associate Degree in Behavioral Science from Palomar.
The San Diego League is a collegiate baseball summer league founded in 2019 that has a significant emphasis on analytics. Its main partners are Blast Motion and Rapsodo. The 2020 season is scheduled to begin the week of June 8 and the All-Star Game is scheduled to be played at Petco Park on Friday, July 10. Corporate offices are located in Rancho Bernardo.