Prior to joining the Memphis coaching staff in 2008, Budaska spent the six years in the Boston Red Sox organization. He had three seasons (2004–2007) with Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in the International League. In 2002-2003, he was the hitting coach of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. In 2001, he helped the Anaheim Angels' Double-A affiliate Arkansas Travelers win the Texas League Championship, as the team ranked fourth in the league with a .266 team batting average. He also served as hitting coach and first base coach for a major league team in Taiwan from 1998-2000.