Where SHOULD the best hitting and pitching coaches be?
Posted 15 August 2012 - 07:43 AM
Realizing that every coach has strengths and weaknesses, I'm still curious as to what everyone thinks. Should the "best" coaches be kept with the minor league teams where there is more opportunity to impact young players? How different are the skills required at the major league level? Should a team aspire to move its best coaches up?
This question came to mind because of Brunansky's rapid rise through the system. But I'm really not asking about his merits vs. Vavra's but rather, if you want to use a specific example, would Brunansky (and his skills) be more valuable to the minor league team or the major league team? Same thing with pitching coaches.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:21 AM
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:29 AM
As you move up the levels... Especially at the Major League level... You need a Psycologist. The player has mostly grown and it becomes a case of adjustments and dealing with the head.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:43 AM
I think the answer is that you need very good coaches at all levels. In low levels, it's mostly about teaching fundamentals and helping kids adjust to the grind of playing 140 games a summer. At AA and AAA it's about helping a prospect learn more about plate discipline, preparing mentally and using a player's abilities to execute appropriate strategies (hitting behind runners, when to pull and when to go the other way, developing a power stroke and learning when to use it, etc.). In other words, make him "Major League ready". In the Majors, it sounds like there's a lot more film work where you study tendencies of specific pitchers that you are seeing several times over the course of a hitter's career and work with players to recognize what pitchers are trying to do to them and how to turn that to the hitter's advantage.
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 09:21 AM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 10:43 AM
I guess I would answer AA. I think Vavra is very knowledgeable. I'd like to see more from Brunansky. He's clearly helped Parmelee. What about Dozier and Benson? Both gave him a lot of credit last year and struggled with him this year. I do think Vavra is the best hitting coach they've got, although Jim Dwyer is really good in Ft. Myers too.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 11:03 AM
I just think that as fans, we sometimes see what is happening at another level and think a particular coach should be with the big league club. And while that person might also be great at the ML level, his skills may be more important in the minors at that particular time.
As for Brunansky, Seth, I would also point out that Revere credited him with helping him with changes that helped him too. Every coach has success stories as well as less successful results.
And Thrylos, this doesn't mean that I don't think that there may need to be changes at the ML level. I'm also of the opinion that, at some point, people often stop responding to certain messangers.