Less than a month after Turner Ward decided to take the hitting coach job with the Cincinnati Reds, the Dodgers appear to have found their replacement. Pedro Moura from The Athletic reported Monday afternoon that Robert Van Scoyoc will become the Dodgers new hitting coach.
Sources: The Dodgers plan to hire Robert Van Scoyoc as their new hitting coach. A 32-year-old LA native, Van Scoyoc is the Diamondbacks’ hitting strategist. He has worked as a consultant for the Dodgers and with the likes of J.D. Martinez and Chris Taylor. https://t.co/0lKqNVYTuO
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) November 26, 2018
Robert Van Scoyoc served as the Diamondbacks hitting strategist in the 2018 season. At just 32 years of age, Van Scoyoc would become the youngest coach in all of Major League Baseball.
Van Scoyoc grew up in the Los Angeles area. He has worked with other players such as Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez and current Dodger Chris Taylor. Van Scoyoc is not your traditional hitting coach. He will bring a different perspective to this organization.
Van Scoyoc has taught the importance of hitting the ball in the air, remaining on plane within the strike zone, shooting breaking balls to the pull side and timing fastballs to the opposite field.
Back in February of this year, the Diamondbacks hired Van Scoyoc as a hitting strategist. He left Arizona after one season and is now headed to Chavez Ravine. Our very own Clint Evans gave us an inside look on Van Scoyoc, and the impact he left on current big leaguers.
Turner Ward has left his mark in Los Angeles as he heads to Cincinnati as their new hitting coach. Ward possessed a unique relationship with the Dodgers over the last 3 seasons, especially with Yasiel Puig. I’m sure the fans, and of course Puig, will miss Turner Ward and Yasiel Puig kisses following a Puig home run.
The Dodgers fan base has a lot to look forward to for the 2019 season. Robert Van Scoyoc is a young, bright mind that will add his own insight to this already successful Dodgers offense.