Saturday, December 3, 2016

Yankees Lose Minor League Hitting Coordinator to Twins


Another one bites the dust. The Minnesota Twins came into the offseason needing a hitting coach and they finally found their man in the way of the New York Yankees minor league hitting coordinator, James Rowson. The Minnesota Twins fired their hitting coach Tom Brunasky on November 8th after four seasons and the club wasted no time in finding their replacement at the Yankees expense.

Rowson has been the Yankees minor league hitting coordinator for the past three seasons after spending parts of two seasons as the MLB hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs in 2012 and 2013. Under Rowson the Yankees have seen the emergence of players like Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Tyler Austin, Mason Williams, Ben Gamel, Aaron Judge and others not only reach the MLB level but succeed at the MLB level in spurts.

Rowson also worked with Alfonso Soriano, Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Wellington Castillo, Anthony Rizzo and others while with the Cubs so he comes to Minnesota with a resume of success. It’s a shame to lose him from the Yankees perspective but I am glad to see one of our own (Rowson was a minor league outfielder for the Seattle Mariners and the Yankees during his playing career) get a shot back at the MLB level.

Good luck James.


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