It will be imperative for New York Mets Manager Carlos Beltran to lean on his coaching staff for advice and whatever Luis Rojas can pass along is essential.
At the beginning of the offseason, the New York Mets were looking for a new manager to lead their team into 2020 and beyond. After hiring Carlos Beltran, the Mets needed to round out his coaching staff. Most were already under contract, some were brought back, and some were brought in for the first time.
All the coaches that Beltran will have at his disposal are important and will help him in many ways but there is one coach on the staff that is the most important. That coach is Luis Rojas, the Quality Control coach.
Rojas has been with the organization since 2011 and has coached or managed almost every level of the Mets minor league system. This is what makes him very important.
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By coaching almost every level in the Mets minor league systems Rojas has been able to coach almost every homegrown player the team has on their current roster. Rojas has coached 15 out of the 25 players on the Mets roster, that’s 60%.
He has coached the likes of Brandon Nimmo, Robert Gsellman, and Pete Alonso the most. He was also the coach when Juan Lagares, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jeurys Familia were on rehab assignments. That brings the number to 72%.
This is more important than one may think. Having coached so many current Mets players will allow Rojas to give Beltran specific insight into each player that will allow Beltran to make the right decisions and put his players in positions to succeed.
Additionally, Luis Rojas was heavily involved in the analytics for the team in 2019 and one would presume that would continue in 2020. Being an analytic guy, Rojas can serve as a bridge for Beltran between him and the front office, something Mickey Callaway did not really believe in or utilize.
In 2019 Rojas served as the outfield coach in addition to his other duties and he was integral in Jeff McNeil successfully transitioning from the infield to the outfield.
Beltran is going to have a lot on his plate in 2020 and to have a coach that can interface with the players on a deep level and relay that to the manager as well as serving as an avenue for relaying analytics is invaluable.
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This is not to take away from any of the other coaches on Beltran’s staff but with everything that Luis Rojas brings to the table it is hard to say that any other coach could have an impact like Rojas could and it could pay dividends that go beyond what is seen on the field.