There’s a new pitching coach in the Bronx.
The Yankees have hired Indians MiLB pitching coordinator Matt Blake as their pitching coach, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. Blake, 33, previously worked in the Yankees organization as an area scout.
Blake replaces Larry Rothschild, who held the position from 2011 until this past October. The Holy Cross graduate has worked in the Indians system since 2016 and had just been promoted to the director of pitching development.
Before joining the MLB ranks, Blake worked as the pitching coordinator for Cressey Sports Performance, a training facility in Massachusetts that has worked with players such as Corey Kluber and Oliver Drake. He also served as pitching coach at a New England high school and worked for the Cape Cod League’s Yarmouth-Dennis squad.
The Yankees had interviewed multiple college pitching coaches as well as former starter and current YES broadcaster David Cone. They appeared to be looking for a new-school, analytics-fluent communicator. The Indians have developed a reputation as forward-thinking and have produced a cadre of young arms in recent seasons. Terry Francona credited Blake and Cleveland’s MiLB staff for helping develop arms such as Zach Plesac, Jefry Rodriguez and Adam Civale to be ready to contribute for the 2019 season.