Report: Arizona Diamondbacks set to hire Mike Harkey as pitching coach

March 23, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte (46) and bullpen coach Mike Harkey (57) talk in the dugout against the Minnesota Twins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After a season in which the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitching staff posted a 17th-ranked ERA that cost Charles Nagy his job as the pitching coach, the team has apparently settled on a new direction with its coaching staff.

This is a bit of an odd move on the surface, given that the team presumably ponied up some serious money to secure former Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan as a “special assistant”, but I suppose it makes some since due to the fact that Harkey has never been a pitching coach at this level. Before this reported hiring, Harkey was the bullpen coach with the Yankees for the last 5 seasons, but this is a new challenge.

In Harkey’s favor, Arizona already has some talent in the starting rotation. Patrick Corbin arrived on the scene as a potential ace last season, and he’ll be supported by Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley, and a deep pool of other candidates for the five spots. I wouldn’t necessarily predict a top-10 ERA next season, but an improvement from 3.92 in 2013 should be a given unless disaster strikes in the bullpen.

Topics: Arizona Diamondbacks, Mike Harkey, New York Yankees

Want more from FanSided?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.

22 minutes ago

Brian Cushing tweets that he is 100% and cleared

28 minutes ago

NHL Playoffs 2014, Wild at Avalanche: live stream, start time, TV info and more

28 minutes ago

New Image from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Reveals a Sinister Harry Osborn