Padres reportedly hiring Indians assistant Ruben Niebla as pitching coach

Ruben Niebla
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By 97.3 The Fan

According to The Athletic's Dennis Lin, the Padres have reached a deal to hire Indians assistant pitching coach Ruben Niebla as the Padres next pitching coach.

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Niebla has been with the Indians since 2012, and worked with several successful starting pitchers such as Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Shane Bieber.

Before serving as Indians pitching coach, Niebla held several roles in the Cleveland organization, including several years as minor league pitching coordinator.

The Padres' reported hiring of Niebla as pitching coach comes while the manager's job remains unfilled after the dismissal of Jayce Tingler earlier this month.

Tingler was let go following the team's second-half collapse, which saw them fall from wild card contention to a losing record.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild also parted ways with the team toward the end of the season, after two years in the role.

Padres general manager AJ Preller acknowledged that Niebla's experience with an organization known for developing strong pitching made him a good fit.

“He’s had real experiences, over 20 years, coaching in an organization, basically going from rookie ball to the big leagues,” Preller told reporters, per “He’s got a track record. He’s got knowledge. And he’s been around one of the most successful pitching programs in the game. And, then, from a personality standpoint, he was just somebody that fit for us.”