The Orioles have decided to go with co-hitting coaches for the 2022 season. Ryan Fuller, who was the hitting coach at Double-A Bowie, will be joined by Matt Borgschulte, who was with the Minnesota Twins organization.
Fuller and Borgschulte, both 31, replace Don Long, who was fired after three seasons as the team’s hitting coach, and his assistant, José Hernández, who reportedly will be reassigned.
Fuller, who carried the title Full Season Hitting Coordinator, joined the organization before the 2020 season and worked with Oriole prospects Adley Rutschman, infielders Gunnar Henderson and Jordan Westburg and outfielder Kyle Stowers with the Baysox.
After playing for the University of Connecticut, Fuller played 32 games for Arizona’s Rookie League team in 2012 and worked at a private hitting school before joining the Orioles. He was scheduled to be Delmarva’s hitting coach for the 2020 season.
Borgschulte was the hitting coach for Triple-A St. Paul in 2021 and spent four years in the Twins’ organization. In 2017, he coached in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Borgschulte was a volunteer coach at his college, Drury University, in 2014.
The Orioles have not announced assignments for the rest of their coaching staff and traveling party. Coaches from 2021 — Tim Cossins, major league field coordinator/catching instructor; Fredi González, major league coach; Darren Holmes, assistant pitching/bullpen; Chris Holt, pitching; Tony Mansolino, third base; and Anthony Sanders, first base — are expected to return but could have different roles.
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