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A Look at New Hitting Coach Greg Walker

Written by Joe Lucia on .

It was announced a couple of days ago that the Braves had found a replacement for Larry Parrish as hitting coach: former White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker. Walker was relieved of his duties in Chicago after this past season. So, what's he like? Is he going to be more like Parrish, or more like TP? Well, let's take a look at things...

Under Walker's eight year tenure with the Sox, they were 11th in baseball with a .329 wOBA. They had a below average walk rate, ranking 21st in the majors over those eight years with a mark of 8.1%. The team did hit for a lot of power, ranking fifth in baseball with a .167 ISO. Over those same eight years, the Braves had a .332 wOBA, 9.0% walk rate, and .160 ISO. There are differences there, but there are also some similarities.

But when evaluating a hitting coach, you have to look at the talent that he had to work with. Paul Konerko was a mid-.800 OPS guy when Walker took over. During Walker's tenure, Konerko had a .871 OPS, and stayed productive until this season at age 35. Walker had Konerko in his prime to help out, but he also had an aging Konerko, and kept him as a star hitter.

Carlos Quentin looked like an expendable bat for the Diamondbacks, struggling in an extended test in the majors in 2007. He came to Chicago, and has settled into a groove as an .800 OPS guy, which could be much better if not for poor BABIP luck. Walker also turned a potential-laden, yet inconsistent, Jermaine Dye into a pretty damn devastating hitter, even if he hasn't played since 2009. An aging Jim Thome kept his head above water playing every day for the White Sox while Walker was there. Aaron Rowand had one of the two great years of his career with Walker as his hitting coach, and one of his good seasons too. Andruw Jones looked like a competent major league once he started working with Walker in Chicago.

There have been some misses too. Gordon Beckham has gone downhill in each season of his career. Alexei Ramirez hasn't been able to consistently produce at a high level, seemingly alternating good seasons with bad ones. He wasn't able to fix Alex Rios, but I'm not sure anyone could at this point in time.

It's notoriously hard to evaluate hitting coaches. Walker has some history on his side at the major league level, so it's not a total shot in the dark like Parrish was. I wouldn't be surprised if the Braves offense was great, and I wouldn't be surprised if they were bad. But I'd lean towards the good side. 
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Under Walker's eight year tenure with the Sox, they were 11th in baseball with a .329 wOBA. They had a below average walk rate, ranking 21st in the majors over those eight years with a mark of 8.1%. The team did hit for a lot of power, ranking fifth in baseball with a .167 ISO. Over those same eight years, the http://bit.ly/cat-tri-o-dau-tot-tphcm Braves had a .332 wOBA, 9.0% walk rate, and .160 ISO. There are differences there, but there are also some similarities.


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