Fields to work with Tribe hitters individually

Fields to work with Tribe hitters individually

Fields to work with Tribe hitters individually
CLEVELAND -- The Indians entered Monday having scored 10 runs in their past two games -- all without a hitting coach.

Bruce Fields, previously the organization's Minor League hitting coordinator, joined the team Monday to take over as hitting coach for Jon Nunnally, who was informed of his dismissal Saturday afternoon.

Fields, who said he was surprised by the move, was in Akron working with the Indians' Double-A affiliate hitters.

He said he will take an individual approach to coaching, focusing on each batter rather than what the team can do as a whole.

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"I'm not a guy that says everyone has to do it one way," Fields said. "I try to go individual-based, look at the individual and what I believe he needs and base what we do off of that. You can't cookie-cut hitters. All hitters are different."

Entering Monday's game, the Indians had the third-most strikeouts in the Majors. Manager Manny Acta targeted that as an area he'd like to see improve under Fields.

"Cutting down on the strikeouts will help us a bit," Acta said, "and having guys be prepared and make adjustments from series to series and be able to use the whole field."

To reduce the team's strikeout rate, Fields plans to work with hitters on pitch selection and batting with two strikes.

"With two strikes, we're going to have to battle," Fields said. "Before we get to two strikes, we need to be a little more wary about pitch selection. We can't hit everything. We need to really focus on the pitches we can handle."