KIMERA BARTEE is in his second season as the Pirates First Base Coach, having been named to the position on October 29, 2016. In addition to his duties as the First Base Coach, Bartee will oversee the club's Outfielders and Baserunning efforts. Now in his 11th season with the Pittsburgh organization, Bartee spent nine years (2008-2016) serving the Pirates as their Minor League Outfield/ Baserunning Coordinator. He was also the manager at State College (NYP League) in 2011. Prior to joining the Pittsburgh organization, Kimera spent three years (2005-2007) as a coach with Delmarva, Baltimore's Class-A affiliate. Originally selected by Baltimore in the 14th round of 1993 First-Year Player Draft, Bartee was selected to the 1994 Carolina League All-Star team while playing with Frederick. He was also named the "Fastest Baserunner" in the league by Baseball America. Bartee made his Major League debut with the Tigers as a defensive replacement in center field on 4/3/96 at Minnesota and spent the entire 1996 campaign in the big leagues. He singled off Jason Grimsley for his first Major League hit on 4/20/96 at Anaheim and connected off Jose Rosado for his first home run on 8/24/96; a leadoff shot (second pitch) at Kansas City. The former outfielder also swiped a Major League career-high 20 bases with Detroit in 1996. Bartee led the International League in stolen bases in 1997 and was named the circuit's fastest baserunner and best defensive outfielder by Baseball America while playing with Toledo that year. He also participated in the Arizona Fall League in 1996 and 1997. Primarily a center fielder, Bartee played all three outfield positions during his career. In his six seasons in the Major Leagues, he played 157 games in center field, 29 in left field and three in right field. Bartee, who played his final game in the Majors with the Rockies on 8/3/01 vs. Pittsburgh, connected off Minnesota's Dan Serafini for his fourth and final big league home run on 6/16/98. He also had a career-high four RBI in the game. During his Major League career, Kimera played in a total of 243 Major League games with Detroit (1996-1999), Cincinnati (2000) and Colorado (2001).
PERSONAL: Kimera Anotchi Bartee (kuh-MAR-ah bar-TEE)...Wife's name is Brandie...Has three children; stepson Andrew (2/20/97), son Amari (5/8/00) and daughter Taeja (6/12/06)...Is a 1990 graduate of Central High School in Omaha, NE...Attended Creighton University, where he played on the College World Series team in 1991...Was named to 1992 Missouri Valley Conference All-Tourney team