Derek Shomon

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Derek Shomon

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Biographical Information[edit]

Trying to get a clear picture of Derek Shomon's baseball career, both as a player and coach, is a bit like trying to untangle a knot.

Educational Career: Shomon graduated from Glenbrook South High School in 2008. That is the easy part. According to various sources he played for four different colleges or universities. None of the sources listed more than two schools. There are school records that confirm that he played at Judson University (2010), the University of Illinois at Springfield (2013), and Indiana Wesleyan University (2016). If he played at Oakton Community College, it was most likely in 2009, though this could not be confirmed.

Professional Playing Career: Shomon played seven games with the Lake Erie Crushers in 2017 and got one hit (a home run) in 19 at-bats. In 2018 he appeared in two games with the Cleburne Railroaders and hit a robust .286 (2 for 7).

Coaching Career: Shomon began his coaching career in 2012 with the Schaumburg Boomers, well before his college career ended. The role he played with the team varied, depending upon the source. In 2012-2016 he was listed as a bullpen catcher, bullpen coach, catching instructor, bench coach, first base coach, and strength and conditioning coach. He probably fulfilled all of these roles at some point. In late June 2016, Shomon left the Boomers for a bullpen & catching coach position with the Lake Erie Crushers and finished the season with them. At this point, Shomon interrupted his coaching career to play professionally as noted above. He returned to coaching for Schaumburg later in 2018 after being released by Cleburne and his bench coach role continued into 2019. Shomon was scheduled to be the Boomer's hitting coach in 2020 before the Frontier League season was suspended due to COVID-19.

The Minnesota Twins hired Shomon as a hitting coach for the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels in 2021 and Wichita Wind Surge in 2022. In 2023, he moved up to the major league team as assistant hitting coach.

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