Yankees Roster & Staff

Matt Blake #67

COACHING CAREER

Begins his first season in the Yankees organization as the team's pitching coach in 2020, having been named to the position on 11/14/19..is his first coaching experience at the Major League level...Spent the last four seasons with Cleveland (2016-19), where he was promoted to Director of Pitching Development prior to joining the Yankees..began his time with the Indians as the Lower Level Pitching Coordinator in 2016..from 2017-19, served as the organization's Assistant Director of Player Development, a role in which he oversaw the formation of pitching strategy for the club, collaborating with coaches, coordinators and front office personnel..he also assisted with leadership of the organization's player development staff and the design and execution of the staff's programs, policies and curricula..In 2019, five young starters he worked with contributed for Cleveland at the Major League level..each member of that group-Mike Clevinger, Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac, Adam Plutko and Aaron Civale-were developed in the Indians' farm system, including three (Bieber, Plesac and Civale) who spent their entire minor league careers under his instruction since being drafted together in 2016..the five pitchers combined to produce 13.3 WAR (FanGraphs) over 107 games (105 starts) in 2019, anchoring the starting rotation for a 93-win team...Prior to joining the Indians, spent seven years as the Pitching Coordinator for Cressey Sports Performance in Hudson, Mass., working under current Yankees' Director of Player Health and Performance, Eric Cressey..also coached the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League and was the pitching coach at LincolnSudbury High School in Sudbury, Mass. in 2015...Served as an associate scout for the Yankees from 2009-15.

PLAYING CAREER

Did not play baseball professionally.

PERSONAL

Grew up in Concord, N.H...graduated from Concord High School in 2003...Attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where he graduated in 2007 with a degree in psychology and philosophy..pitched four seasons and was a co-captain as a senior in 2007.