In keeping with the plan to drive the franchise with data, the Mariners Tuesday hired Paul Davis, who had been manager of pitching analytics with the St. Louis Cardinals, to replace Mel Stottlemyre Jr. as pitching coach for 2019.
A five-year member of the Cardinals staff, Davis was assistant pitching coordinator for the club’s minor leagues in 2016 and 2017.
“Paul is a bright pitching mind with a very diverse background,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a press release. “He has exceptional understanding of the mechanics of pitching, as well as the balance to make evidence-based decisions.”
Davis, who did not play pro baseball but had two seasons (1984-85) as a college pitcher at Creighton, began his pro coaching career in 2013, working with the Cardinals advanced rookie team as the pitching coach. He returned to that role in 2014, but added responsibilities as coordinator of pitching analytics.
“I’m excited to add Paul to our coaching group,” manager Scott Servais said. “As we’ve talked in recent weeks, it became clear that his philosophies, experience and skill-set made him a great fit for what we are building here.”
Davis, a Florida native, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Creighton (1985), a bachelor of science degree in history education from Peru State College (2004) and a Masters in educational administration from the University of Nebraska (2004). He took advanced course work in leadership studies at Nebraska through 2007, lacking only a dissertation for his doctoral (PhD) degree.
Stottlemyre was let go Oct. 1 after the Mariners won 89 games but missed the playoffs for the 17th year in a row. Hitting coach Edgar Masrtinez asked out of his job, and accepted a lesser position in the organization.
“Mel has been with me here since I got the job for the last three years,” Servais told the Seattle Times. “I have a very close relationship with Mel. I just thought with where we are at currently and where we want to go moving forward, I thought we should go with a different voice and a different direction there.”