Craig Bjornson returns as the Astros Major League bullpen coach in 2014 after serving as the organization's roving pitching instructor in 2013. His first stint as bullpen coach was in 2012.
Bjornson has working experience with several pitchers on the Astros current staff as a result of his role as a roving instructor last season.
Bjornson, a former pitcher in the Astros minor league system, has 15 years of experience in professional baseball, mostly as a pitching coach. Prior to joining the Astros organization, he served as pitching coach for the Rookie Level Casper Ghosts of the Rockies organization for the three seasons (2009-11).
The 44-year-old Bjornson, who is fluent in Spanish, has also worked as pitching coach for the Vermont Expos (1999, 2003 and 2005), Spokane Indians (2002), Brevard County Manatees (2004) and the Ogden Raptors (2006-2008).
He also spent four seasons as pitching coach for the Occidente Pastora de los Llanos of the Venezuelan Winter League (2000-03).
Bjornson, a southpaw, was signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent in 1991 after pitching at Nicholls State University in Louisiana. He would pitch three seasons in the Astros farm system from 1991-93, posting an overall mark of 9-18 with a 3.82 ERA in 81 appearances (27 starts) with a complete game and three saves. He pitched at Quad Cities in his final season (1993).
Bjornson and his wife, Lesley, reside in Tucson, AZ.