The Colorado Rockies, despite the adage “you just know they’re gonna hit,” have not had a great offense in recent years. With the departure of Nolan Arenado, the Rockies will either slip back even further or they will have to have some players develop their bat more in 2021.
That’s part of the reason why the Rockies have decided to carry a third hitting coach with them in 2021 in Tim Doherty. While his title will officially be “MLB coach,” Doherty will mainly work with hitting coach Dave Magadan and assistant hitting coach Jeff Salazar on developing the Rockies hitters.
Doherty, 54, began coaching all the way back at Oral Roberts University in 1989 after graduating from there. He has worked extensively at the collegiate, independent league, minor league, and major league level (as an assistant hitting coach for the 2012 Red Sox. And the head hitting coach? Dave Magadan.)
He has been the Rockies Triple-A hitting coach since 2018.
Frankly, to even be in the conversation on being a contender in 2021 (I know, fans are shocked to hear this but hear me out), the Rockies will need five or six young players to take not just a step, but numerous steps in their development at the plate.
Based on the 2020 season, here are five stats for five different players that need to be fixed in 2021. Let’s take a look.