Giants Rent Donnie Ecker As Hitting Coach
New Giants supervisor Gabe Kapler has made an necessary addition to his workers. Reds assistant hitting coach Donnie Ecker will take over as San Francisco’s hitting coach, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune was amongst these to report. It’ll be a homecoming for Ecker, who Gonzales notes hails from the Bay Space.
Simply 33 years outdated, Ecker’s a former skilled infielder whom the Rangers chosen within the 22nd spherical of the 2007 draft. Ecker didn’t get previous the Single-A degree with the Rangers, and he spent the ultimate couple years of his profession on the unbiased circuit, however he has carved a distinct segment for himself as a coach since he final performed in 2010.
Ecker’s an ex-high faculty and faculty coach who additionally labored for the Cardinals earlier than the Reds employed him previous to 2018. They made Ecker their director of hitting earlier than final season, and now he’ll attempt to assist flip round a San Francisco offense that ranked among the many majors’ worst in ’19. Ecker will exchange prior hitting coach Alonzo Powell, who accepted a training place in Japan final month.
Together with Ecker, the Giants are including Jim D’Aloia to the group, Mike Puma of the New York Put up tweets. D’Aloia, who had been the Mets’ professional scouting director, will work in a scouting capability with the Giants, per Puma. He was a serious opponent of the Mets’ resolution to incorporate stud outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic of their commerce for then-Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano and nearer Edwin Diaz final winter, Puma notes. That displays effectively on D’Aloia, as that commerce has been disastrous for the Mets up to now.