Giancarlo Stanton's stats in 2018 were all down from his MVP season in 2017.
But Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames is confident the four-time All-Star will rebound in his second season in pinstripes in 2019.
"I know he's been working on some things," Thames said, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin.
The 29-year-old Stanton, New York's big acquisition last offseason, hit .266/.343/.509 with 38 home runs and 100 RBIs last year. While those are strong numbers, they were a far cry from when he slashed .281/.376/.631 and led the National League with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs in 2017.
"People said, 'Oh, he's not the same hitter he was in Miami,'" Thames said. "Well, he was an MVP in Miami. Who repeats as the MVP anywhere, let alone after you get traded to a new team in a new league?"
Stanton dealt with a lot of scrutiny in his first season in the Bronx. Through June 1 last year, he had just a .240 batting average, 11 home runs and 29 RBIs.
And when Aaron Judge went down with a wrist injury in late July, Stanton, expected to pick up the slack in the lineup, faltered, hitting .224 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs in a 44-game span.
Still, for as significant as his lows were, his highs were just as good. From June 24 to July 23, he hit .392/.444/.608 with five home runs and 17 RBIs.
"He's got a great work ethic and I liked his approach to hitting and playing here," Thames said. "He always came to work the same way. And I never saw him shy away from anything that comes with playing here."
Thames believes Stanton knows what to expect in his second year with New York and can handle the high expectations presented before him.
"I think anyone will tell you the first year is an adjustment," Thames said. "So I'd expect him to be more comfortable this season, which can only help."