Offspring To Hire Craig Driver As First Base/Catching Coach
The Cubs are set to enlist Craig Driver as their new a respectable starting point and getting mentor, ESPN.com’s Jesse Rogers reports (Twitter link). Driver will supplant Will Venable as Chicago’s a respectable starting point mentor, however leader of baseball tasks Theo Epstein said not long ago that Venable would restore the Cubs’ staff in 2020. The most evident spot for Venable is by all accounts at third base, as previous third base mentor Brian Butterfield left the Cubs to join previous supervisor Joe Maddon in Anaheim.
Driver has spent the last two seasons as the Phils’ accepting mentor and warm up area catcher, following five years instructing at Yale, Central Washington University, and the University Of Puget Sound. As the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Scott Lauber illustrated in a piece last August, J.T. Realmuto’s gotten taking numbers enormously expanded on Driver’s watch, as Realmuto’s 46.7% discovered taking rate in 2019 predominated his past vocation best of 38.2%. Realmuto’s confining and blocking likewise improved, according to Baseball Prospectus, turning a player who was at that point the game’s best catcher into one of its best all-around entertainers at any position.
The Cubs couldn’t imagine anything better than to see Willson Contreras make such a jump, as Contreras has just been generally normal at tossing out baserunners during his career. Framing has likewise since quite a while ago been viewed as an issue for the double cross All-Star, however BP and StatCorner contrasted fiercely in their assessments of Contreras’ surrounding work in 2019. StatCorner positioned Contreras as the 17th-best contribute composer the game last season, while Baseball Prospectus positioned him 109th of 113 catchers in the Framing Runs classification.
As Rogers noted in another tweet, Driver joins an instructing staff that is somewhere down in getting knowledge. Newly-procured supervisor David Ross and quality affirmation mentor Mike Napoli have a consolidated 1344 rounds of major alliance experience behind the plate, while ebb and flow getting, technique, and partner pitching mentor Mike Borzello still is by all accounts an individual from the 2020 staff. It could be that Driver’s obligations will keep on concentrating to a great extent on accepting and he’ll work nearby Borzello in working with Contreras, Victor Caratini, and the association’s other backstops. It’s significant that Driver was one of two getting mentors on Philadelphia’s staff, close by Bob Stumpo.