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San Francisco Giants: Top Three Hitting Coaches to Target

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 28: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by hitting coach John Mallee #11 after hitting a two-run home run during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 28: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by hitting coach John Mallee #11 after hitting a two-run home run during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 27: Batting coach Rick Schu (left) and outfielder Jayson Werth

Rick Schu

Another one of the offensive juggernauts in recent seasons was none other than the Washington Nationals. Schu became the organizational hitting instructor for the Nationals in 2009, and became their big league hitting coach in 2013. The National’s average has been relatively average for the league, just .255.

The Nationals did have a top ten on base percentage, and scored almost 300 more runs than the Giants during Schu’s time in charge. The Nationals also had a top ten slugging percentage, and were top ten in homers during his time in charge, despite being in a relatively neutral park in terms of hitter or pitcher friendly.

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One of the National’s main issues in the postseason though was run production, and that might an issue that slightly concerns the Giants. However, the Nationals have come across some incredibly formidable foes in recent post season series. Schu’s team was actually a whole lot like the Giants current roster. A lot of veterans with very little youth influx.

However, the National’s have had a few solid young hitters come up under Schu, and that can’t be dismissed. The emergence of Anthony Rendon can definitely be attributed to the help of Schu. Throw in Trea Turner‘s season, and Michael Taylor‘s this year, Schu has really helped the few young guys get going. Another one to look at was Wilson Ramos and his quick emergence as an offensive threat.

Schu would be another good hire, but there is also the idea that someone from inside the organization could step into that role.

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