Dillon Lawson, the New York Yankees hitting coach, will receive help from Casey Dykes as an assistant hitting coach.
Dykes spent all of last year as the Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders hitting coach. The minor league club finished second in on-base percentage (.352), fifth in batting average (.255), and fifth in on-base-plus-slugging (.775), which is considered above average. The OBP is average, but the team still got second in the Northeast Division. The batting average was also decent, but out of 30 teams, the team finished fifth in that category,
Dykes also coached at Western Kentucky and Indiana University, where he won the Big Ten Conference in 2019 while the Hoosiers led all of Division One in home runs.
From 2015-2018, Dykes worked at the Virginia Military Institute as a hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. “That’s a really difficult place to recruit, to convince people to come and be a part of that institution, Lawson said. “And yet he had top-25 recruiting classes. Just the simple fact of that alone, you think about his ability to sell or persuade. Now we have performance science and we have all of this information. We’re just selling a different product.”
Lawson said of Dykes, “You hear great things about his personality and you’re just following the workthat he’s put forth and executed on, and it’s just a no-brainer, we gotta get this guy in. We were really excited about the person we were getting and he blew our expectations out of the water.”
As the two prepare for their first season together in the Major Leagues, Lawson is confident of Dykes’s ability to help the Yankees offense in 2022.
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