D-backs add Ariel Prieto to Major League coaching staff

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks, @LosDbacks) have added Ariel Prieto to the Major League staff as coach and translator, as announced by D-backs Sr. Vice President & General Manager Dave Stewart.

Prieto, 45, joins the D-backs after serving in the same capacity with the Oakland A's from 2012-14. The former Major League pitcher was instrumental in Yoenis Cespedes transition to the United States upon his arrival from Cuba in 2012. He also has the unique ability to throw ambidextrous batting practice.

The Cuba native spent 6 seasons in the Major Leagues with the A's (1995-2000) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2001), making 70 appearances (60 starts) with a 4.85 ERA. Prieto, who began his coaching career as pitching coach with Rookie Arizona League A's in 2009, pitched for the Cuban National Team from 1990-94 and went 11-0 in international play.