Yankees minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson has left the organization to take the same job with the Cubs.
In an email, Yankees vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman confirmed that Rowson has left the organization and said there is “no replacement as of yet.”
Rowson’s name might not be instantly familiar, but he was the team’s hitting coordinator the past four seasons. He made regular stops at each of the minor league affiliates during the season and worked with the big leaguers early in spring training. It’s hard to exactly determine the impact of a hitting coordinator, but Rowson was a friendly guy, and players seemed to really like him. I never heard complaints about him.
Before becoming the Yankees hitting coordinator, Rowson spent two seasons — 2006 and 07 — as the team’s hitting coach for High-A Tampa. He coached guys like Brett Gardner, Ramiro Pena, Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Russo, Juan Miranda, Jose Tabata and Francisco Cervelli in Tampa, and he was there when Austin Jackson showed up for his breakout half season at that level.