Ryan Fuller, who oversaw some of the Orioles’ most significant minor league improvements as the hitting coach at Double-A Bowie in 2021, will be one of two co-hitting coaches on the major league staff in 2022 alongside former Minnesota Twins minor league hitting coach Matt Borgschulte.
Fuller, 31, also served as the full-season hitting coordinator for the Orioles, was part of a new staff brought in after the 2019 season by director of player development Matt Blood to reinvent their hitting program.
The changes, which feature challenging pregame work and individualized attack plans for hitters at the plate, were met with positive reviews from players at every level as overall production on the farm for the Orioles spiked this year.
A Connecticut native, Fuller was coaching at a private facility there when the Orioles hired him in the winter of 2019.
Borgschulte, also 31, spent 2021 as the Triple-A hitting coach of the St. Paul Saints, Minnesota’s Triple-A affiliate. He’s been in the Twins’ organization since 2018, always as a hitting coach. He played in college at Western Kentucky and Drury University, and began his playing coaching there.
The pair will replace Don Long, the veteran hitting coach who came to Baltimore with manager Brandon Hyde for the 2019 season but wasn’t brought back after 2021.
It’s expected that assistant hitting coach José Hernández will have a different role on the coaching staff, though the Orioles have not finalized the makeup of the rest of their staff.
A similar transition of successful philosophies from the minor league level occurred on the pitching side after the 2019 season as well, when Chris Holt was elevated from minor league pitching coordinator to director of pitching with oversight of the major and minor league programs for 2020 before he took over as major league pitching coach from Doug Brocail last offseason.