The Twins have hired former Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay hitting coach Derek Shelton as their bench coach, the team announced Monday.

Shelton, 47, spent last season as quality control coach for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was the Indians’ hitting coach from 2005-09 and spent another seven seasons in that job with the Rays (2010-16).

The position came open last week when Joe Vavra left last week to join former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire’s new staff in Detroit. Shelton was a minor league catcher in the New York Yankees system before becoming a coach.