In order to fill some positions on their major league staff, the New York Yankees made the decision to promote from within. According to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, the Yankees have made the decision to promote Dillon Lawson to hitting coach and Desi Druschel to assistant pitching coach:
Lawson has been in the Yankees system for the last three years and he was the organization’s minor league hitting coordinator. Under Lawson this past season, some of the Yankees prospects had career seasons at the plate when you include Anthony Volpe, Oswaldo Cabrera, and Oswald Peraza just to name a few.
Before joining the Yankees in 2018, Lawson was a hitting coach in the Houston Astros organization. By bringing Lawson into the mix, the Yankees bring a more analytical mind into the hitting coach spot and as our own Eli Fishman tweeted on Friday, there is one phrase you should be ready to hear often in the Bronx in 2022:
As for Dreuschel, he was the Yankees minor league manager of pitch development this past season. In addition to that role, he ended up being the Triple-A pitching coach later in the year after Dustin Glant took the pitching coach position at Indiana. With the Yankees having a few relievers and starters on the team that were in Triple-A a year ago, he is a good fit to join Matt Blake and continue their development at the big league level.
When you look at both of these promotions, the Yankees are showing faith in two men that have done a great job in the development of their top prospects. It shows good faith in their system as well and they hope to bring some of that to the big league club, which underachieved in 2021.
In addition to the major league promotions, Adler also reported that Grayson Crawford will be the new Double-A pitching coach in Somerset in 2022 with Daniel Moskos becoming the pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs. Crawford was the pitching coach at Lipscomb each of the last two years after being a volunteer assistant at Austin Peay in 2019.