The D-backs announced Thursday that they have cut ties with hitting coach Darnell Coles and assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske. The Arizona club named Rick Short, who served in the same position as Triple-A Reno coach, and racing production coordinator Drew Hedman as hitting coaches.
Short was in his first season as Reno’s hitting coach after two seasons in the same role with Double-A Jackson (2019-2020). He also served as the hitting coach at Class-A Kane County in 2018 and as the advanced rookie level coach at Missoula in 2017. In addition, from 2010 to 2017 he was the area scout for the D-backs.
Hedman is in his third season as Arizona’s race production coordinator, advising big team coaches with advanced evaluation for hitters. He played four years in the Red Sox organization (2009 to 2012) and worked in the management of the Nationals.