According to Matt Gelb of The Athletic, the Phillies have hired Bryan Price as their next pitching coach. Gelb reported that Price had turned down offers from San Diego and Arizona.
Price formerly managed the Reds and has a long track record of success as a pitching coach. Just 24 hours ago, Jim Salisbury stated that new Phillies’ Skipper, Joe Girardi, had Price pegged as his top pick.
The 57-year-old Californian managed the Reds from 2014-2018. He previously was the pitching coach for the Marlins, D-backs and the Reds. Price will be the third manager in as many years. Based on his past, he seems perfect for Philly:
As the pitching was an issue for the Phillies the past few years, Price definitely has some work to do.
Phils claim Robert Stack off of waivers
In a move to bolster the bullpen, Phillies added a hard-throwing right-hander, Robert Stock. Stock was placed on waivers from the San Diego Padres. The 29-year-old Washington Native was on the 60 injured list to end the season.
Stock debuted in 2018 and went 1-1 with a .250 ERA. He pitched 39.2 innings in 32 games. That year he gave up one home run, struck out 38 and walked 13. In 2019, Stock failed to capitalize on a good first year. He went 1-0 with a 10.13 ERA in 10 games.
So far the Phillies have hit it out of the park with their off-season acquisitions. Stay tuned to Philly Sports Network as more stories develope.
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