Mariners hire Cardinals manager of pitching analytics Paul Davis as pitching coach

Nov 6, 2018, 10:28 AM

The Mariners have hired Paul Davis out of the Cardinals organization as their new pitching coach.

Davis comes to the Mariners after five years with the Cardinals in a number of roles, his most recent title being something that no doubt caught Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto’s eye: manager of pitching analytics.

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“Paul is a bright pitching mind with a very diverse background,” Dipoto said in a press release Tuesday morning. “He has exceptional understanding of the mechanics of pitching, as well as the balance to make evidence-based decisions.”

Davis entered the Cardinals organization in 2013 as pitching coach for their Advanced Rookie team. He brought with him a diverse résumé that included head coaching experience at Dana College, working for the Phillies as a pre-draft psychological evaluator, and teaching college courses as an adjunct professor in athletic coaching at the University of Nebraska (2005-2012), psychology at Iowa Western Community College (2005-2011) and sports management at Nebraska Wesleyan University (2007-2009).

“I’m excited to add Paul to our coaching group,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “As we’ve talked in recent weeks it became clear that his philosophies, experience and skillset made him a great fit for what we are building here.”

Davis takes over a Mariners pitching coach position that has been vacant since Mel Stottlemyre Jr. was not invited back at the end of the 2018 season last month.

The Mariners have one remaining coaching vacancy at hitting coach, which was opened last week when Edgar Martinez took a new role in the organization.

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