As new field manager Scott Servais met with the local press today, the Seattle Mariners announced the hiring of Prosser-born Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. as the club's new pitching coach entering the 2016 season.

Stottlemyre has many ties to the valley as well as the Northwest and the team.

Mel Jr. attended A.C. Davis High School and was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1982. He pitched one season in the big leagues with the Kansas City Royals in 1990. His younger brother, Todd, also pitched in MLB for 14 seasons, most notably with the Toronto Blue Jays. The pedigree, however, goes further as the brothers' father, Mel Sr. (raised in Mabton) pitched 11 seasons with the New York Yankees, winning 164 games. He was pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners in 2008

Stottlemyre Jr. takes over as pitching coach following 13 seasons in Arizona’s organization, the last two as the Diamondbacks’ bullpen coach, including one season in Yakima as the short-season Class A Yakima Bears (now defunct) pitching coach.