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Why it’s ‘a good time to be a hitter’ in the Cubs farm system

1 year agoStaff Report

The Chicago Cubs’ newest minor league hitting coordinator Rachel Folden joined Cubs 360 and sung the praises of the hitting staff and of the new additions to the Northsiders down in Arizona.

“It’s a good time to be a hitter in the Cubs organization,” she said. 

Folden joined the Cubs in 2019 as a hitting coach and was recently promoted to coordinator in 2022. While she’s helped build a staff of hitting coaches, she highlighted the focus on teaching players how to understand and use the new technology and analytics that have grown in baseball over the past few years.

“We filter it down to the players. Our approach to it and our collaboration … I would put us up against anyone in baseball,” Folden said smiling.

While analytics and technology are part of the process, Folden has her own approach to hitting.

“The Rachel Folden way of hitting is to catch as many barrels as possible,” she said. “I don’t care how, the style that you choose, the coach you choose to listen to. It doesn’t matter to me. I want to win baseball games, and the way you do that is you catch a lot of barrels.”

To hear more from Folden, watch the full video above.

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