Keoni DeRenne Hawaiian Born & KC Assistant Hitting Coordinator, Talking Coaching/Hitting


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Keoni DeRenne 4th generation of professional players. Started with his Grandfather Wilbur Cooper, 14 Years in the big leagues. His dad John “Coop: DeRenne Former Coach University of Hawaii and famous for his research with Tom House on Bat Speed and Weighted baseball research.

Keoni has accomplished so much in baseball at a young age. Born and Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Graduated from Lolani Highs School. Attended the University of Arizona. Drafted by the Braves in the 12 round. Played Minor League baseball 11 years, 5 teams. In 2012 started coaching with the Pirates Organization, 7 total years. Coached with the AAA Cubs 2019. Currently Assistant Hitting Coordinator KC Royals. Also coached in the Dominican Republic.

Things discussed:

His childhood playing baseball in Hawaii.

Coaches that helped him as a player and coach.

Keeping it Fun, what does that mean and how do you do it?

Why so many players come out of Hawaii a state with not a large population.

The culture created in Hawaii that helps baseball players.

Many Japanese in Hawaii, how that has helped the discipline of being a baseball coach/player.

As a pro player how he transition as a coach.

What should coaches know when going to a different level of players.

Advice for coaching just getting into the profession.

Growth Mind Set. KC Royals approach to hitting.

Pitchers are getting better, throwing harder, what are you doing with hitters to catch up?

Starts with Visual skills.

Timing needs to be worked on with off speed pitches.

Batting practice for real game situations.

Practice real situations in real game speed.

Working with hitters individually.

Mental part of the game of hitting is critical.

So much more to this episode.

Your Host Peter Caliendo Twitter @baseballout Email

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