Re: Brooke Jacoby
I think hitting coaches are easy targets. Sure they help players work on their hitting but by the time players get to the majors their habits and skill sets aren't set in stone but they are very well engrained. For whatever reason the players the reds develop and choose to keep in the system are low plate discipline guys that have plus pop. This leads to tons of strikeouts or offensive outbursts and the situation that we have with their lineup now.
Lets look at it. Bruce. Plus power. Low discipline. One dimensional hitter
Frazier seems like a lesser version of Bruce.
Cozart. Plus pop for a SS but one dimensional pull hitter. When was the last time he went the other way?
Heisey. Lesser version on cozart with more pop.
Votto. I consider him an anomaly. His approach is unique and from what I've seen on him is more of his own creation than the reds system.
Mesoraco. Seems to be showing decent discipline this guest but last year seemed to fit the plus pop low discipline mold. Although I think he doesn't have enough PAs to make a full determination.
Even Bham our prospect that's supposed to be an on base guy and leadoff hitter has contact and K issues.
So it looks less like a a hitting coach issue to me and more like a development/personnel brought in issue
So I think the hitting coach can only do so much if the players he are given are of mostly one type. Undisciplined power guys. That's what the reds develop and it shows on the field. Hopefully with the addition of Choo and the draft of Winker it shows the reds are having a paradigm shift away from plus pop low discipline to more plate discipline and higher OBP.