Manager Scott Servais' coaching staff for the 2018 season is finalized.
The Mariners finalized their 2018 coaching staff for the Major League team on Monday morning, filling their remaining vacancy.
The organization announced that Brian DeLunas was named bullpen coach, filling the spot previous held by Mike Hampton, who resigned at the All-Star break last season, and Nasusel Cabrera, who served as the interim coach for the remainder of the season.
DeLunas has spent the past six months as the director of pitching development for CSE Baseball in St. Louis. CSE is a talent agency that represents players and coaches from a variety of sports. Prior to joining CSE Talent, DeLunas co-founded and and served as program director Premier Pitching and Performance (P3). Per the Mariners press release, the company “incorporated the services of a physical therapist and a massage therapist, used a markerless 3D biomechanical system for analysis, as well as several technologies to offer one of the most comprehensive pitching programs in the country.”
“We view Brian as a connector,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. “Taking the bio-mechanical view of a pitcher, connecting with the analytical view, connecting again with the emotional/psychological angle and then how to reach players in today’s times. His experiences from the collegiate coaching level to running his own program in and around St. Louis to working with high-end professional players — like our own David Phelps and others — it led us to a guy with a really interesting background in how to coach and improve today’s pitchers. He’s an easy communicator and understands the game at a variety of angles.”
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Manager Scott Servais now has three coaches with pitching backgrounds on his staff.
“One of our off-season goals was to improve our ratio of coaches available to our pitching staff,” Servais said in a statement. “We feel with Mel (Stottlemyre) as pitching coach, Jim (Brower) in the assistant coach role and Brian in the bullpen, we’ve really created a situation where we are giving every pitcher on our staff the opportunity to be successful.”
DeLunas does have some experience in a traditional coaching role, serving as pitching coach at the University of Missouri from 2006-09. His pitchers at Missouri included first-round picks Max Scherzer, Aaron Crow and Kyle Gibson.
Cabrera will remain with the Mariners in his previous role of batting practice pitcher, while Fleming Baez will return as bullpen catcher.
Here’s the Mariners’ full coaching staff.
Manager — Scott Servais (3rd year as Manager)
Bench Coach — Manny Acta (1st year as Bench Coach, 3rd year on Seattle staff)
Hitting Coach — Edgar Martinez (4th year as Hitting Coach)
Pitching Coach — Mel Stottlemyre (3rd year as Pitching Coach)
Third Base Coach — Scott Brosius (1st year as Third Base Coach, 2nd year on Seattle staff)
First Base Coach — Chris Prieto (1st year as First Base Coach, 5th year on Seattle staff)
Bullpen Coach — Brian DeLunas (1st year as Bullpen Coach)
Assistant Coach — Jim Brower (1st year as Assistant Coach)