Reds pitching coach Bryan Price is no longer a candidate for the Miami Marlins managerial position. John Fay reported that he withdrew his name from consideration.
This is welcome news for Reds fans. There is no denying the impact that Price has had on the Reds pitching staff since his first season in Cincinnati in 2010.
In his three years as pitching coach, the Reds have posted a staff earned run average of 4.10 and a WHIP of 1.30. In the three years prior to Price’s arrival, the Reds posted a staff ERA of 4.56 and a WHIP of 1.42. Perhaps most notably, the team’s walk rate has declined from 3.34 walks per nine innings in the three seasons before Price to 3.07 BB/9 since.
This past season, the Reds staff, which led the team to the second-best record in baseball, was among the best in the National League, posting an NL-best ERA of 3.34.
Price has also played a vitally important role in the development of young pitchers such as Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey, and Aroldis Chapman. The Reds pitching staff in 2011 was the second-youngest in baseball according to Baseball-Reference’s weighted pitching age formula.
While other teams will surely come calling for Price in the future, his role in Cincinnati is secure for now.