Padres Hire Ryan Flaherty As Quality Control Coach
The Padres have procured long-term utilityman Ryan Flaherty as their new quality control mentor, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports (Twitter link). The news would appear to demonstrate that the 33- year-old Flaherty has chosen to resign after eight Major League seasons.
As Olney notes, Flaherty will join Bobby Dickerson and Wayne Kirby as individuals from San Diego’s instructing staff with connections to Manny Machado. Dickerson and Kirby were both long-lasting mentors with the Orioles when Machado played for the club, while Flaherty and Machado are ex-colleagues.
Drafted 41st in general by the Cubs in 2008, Flaherty never fit up for the association, as the Orioles chose him during the 2011 Rule 5 Draft. He made his major alliance debut and showed up in 77 games for the O’s the following season, commencing a six-year stretch as significant and adaptable individual from Baltimore’s seat.
Flaherty had the option to play everywhere throughout the field for the Orioles, investing a large portion of his energy at second or third base and posting in addition to grades (according to UZR/150 and Defensive Runs Saved) for his vocation glovework at both positions. Flaherty additionally observed huge activity at shortstop, a respectable starting point, and both corner outfield spaces, in addition to he even hurled an inning of mop-up alleviation work during an August 2016 game.
With just a .215/.284/.345 cut line and 37 grand slams over 1474 profession plate appearances, Flaherty wasn’t known much for his bat, however he took some decent swings during Baltimore’s season finisher runs in 2012 and 2014. Over those two Octobers, Flaherty posted a .830 OPS and two homers over 36 PA. Flaherty is the principal player conceived in Maine to ever hit a grand slam in a MLB postseason game.
Flaherty spent his last two seasons with the Braves in 2018 (coming to the postseason once more), and afterward with the Indians last season, going through a significant part of the year at Triple-A Columbus and showing up in just 14 games with the Tribe. He’ll hang up his glove after 547 MLB games more than eight seasons, and simply over $6.71MM in profession profit, according to Baseball Reference. We at MLB Trade Rumors compliment Flaherty on his vocation and wish him the best as he moves into the instructing positions.