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Yankees expressed interest in Arizona pitching coach Nate Yeskie, per report

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What do the Arizona Wildcats and New York Yankees have in common? They both want Nate Yeskie to lead their pitching staffs.

The Yankees reached out to the UA pitching coach about joining their staff in the same position, but Yeskie declined to interview and will stay put, according to Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball.com.

Yeskie was hired by Arizona from Oregon State in July. He had been OSU’s pitching coach since 2009 and was Collegiate Baseball’s National Pitching Coach of the Year in 2017 when the Beavers advanced to the College World Series semifinals. They wound up winning the whole thing in 2018, and have arguably been the top program in the West over the last decade or so.

Yeskie’s hiring was considered a power move by the Wildcats, whose pitching has been a major reason they have missed the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons.

It would have been devastating to see Yeskie leave for the MLB before even getting a chance to make his mark on Arizona baseball, but evidently he is committed to the cause.