PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named Mike Butcher as Pitching Coach, as announced by D-backs Sr. Vice President & General Manager Dave Stewart and Manager Chip Hale.
Butcher, 50, recently completed his ninth season as pitching coach with the Los Angeles Angels and 30th overall in professional baseball. Prior to joining the Angels' staff in 2007, he spent 6 seasons in Los Angeles' Minor League system (2000-05) and 1 as Joe Maddon's pitching coach with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006.
In his 9 seasons as pitching coach with the Angels, 9 different pitchers were named to the American League All-Star Team: Francisco Rodriguez (2007-08) John Lackey (2007), Joe Saunders (2008), Ervin Santana (2008), Brian Fuentes (2009), Jered Weaver (2010-12), Jordan Walden (2011), C.J. Wilson (2012) and Hector Santiago (2015).
During his tenure with Los Angeles, the Angels ranked second in the AL in quality starts (796) and wins (807), tied for second in complete games (58), finished third in ERA (4.00) and shutouts (105) and fifth in opponent average (.255). His starting pitchers also led the AL during that span with 590 victories, while his relievers tied for first with 409 saves.
Butcher, who resides in Chandler, Ariz., played 4 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Angels (1992-95), going 11-4 with 9 saves and a 4.47 ERA in 115 relief appearances. He was originally selected by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of the 1986 draft.