By Sam Bush

The Phillies today named Caleb Cotham as their new pitching coach, replacing  Bryan Price, who retired after the season.

“Caleb has many strengths as a pitching coach that we believe will help him excel with our staff,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “He has a very good feel for evaluating pitchers and getting them back on track when things start to go wrong. The pitchers in Cincinnati were very complimentary of his game-planning ability and knowing how to play to each one of their strengths. Caleb is a tremendous competitor whose experience as both a Major League pitcher and Major League coach will enhance our staff.”

Cotham, 33, spent the previous two seasons with the Reds as the assistant pitching coach before adding the role of director of pitching prior to 2020. Over his playing career (2015-16), he made 35 appearances with the Yankees, pitching for Girardi, and the Reds. Cotham spent time honing his craft and learning new technologies and philosophies at Driveline Baseball in Kent, Wash. Following his pitching career, he worked at the Bledsoe Agency before joining the Reds.