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.
SOURCES: The @Yankees have made college pitching coaches a high priority for its big league pitching job.— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) November 1, 2019
The #Yankees inquired about @ArizonaBaseball’s Nate Yeskie and @TCU_Baseball’s Kirk Saarloos, but both have declined interviews and will stay put.
Those are obviously big and positive developments for Arizona and TCU. It’s really difficult to pluck a premier pitching coach away from college baseball.— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) November 1, 2019
The pay for those guys is already strong — and the job security is something that consistently comes up. https://t.co/NSwR6hpQtv
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.