Mets Pitching Coach List Should Include Ruben Niebla

Now that Mickey Callaway was named as the 21st manager in Mets history, both he and the Mets now begin the process of building a coaching staff around him. That process includes hiring a new pitching coach to replace Dan Warthen.

So far, we have heard the Mets are considering a number of names including Dave Righetti, Dave Eiland, and Chris Bosio.  Other candidates who were considered were Mike Maddux and Jim Hickey, who have taken jobs elsewhere, and Ricky Bones, who is rumored to be joining Alex Cora‘s staff in Boston.

The Mets have certainly compiled an impressive list.  However, one name is missing from that list whom the Mets should consider – Ruben Niebla.

In 2013, Callaway and Niebla would swap roles for the Indians. With Callaway being promoted to become the Major League pitching coach, Niebla would become the minor league pitching coordinator after serving as the Indians interim pitching coach. As a tandem, the two have helped build the impressive Indians pitching staff.

While Callaway has earned notoriety for the development of the staff, Niebla has done his part with a staff that includes Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger, Josh Tomlin, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar.

With respect to Kluber, Niebla is the one who was pinpointed for taking the pitcher to the next level. The moment began when Niebla one day said to Kluber, “We want you to try throwing a two-seamer.” (Washington Post).

From that point forward, Kluber’s stock rose, and he’s now a perennial Cy Young contender. That moment began when Niebla not only made the suggestion, but also showed Kluber his preferred grip.

In fact, if you look at the Indians staff, many throw Niebla’s two seamer. That two seamer has helped the Indians post the best team ERA in the majors.

If this pitch is truly responsible for part of the success of these pitchers, we may soon hear the Niebla two seamer in the same breath of the “Warthen Slider.”  For that to happen, Niebla needs a chance.

As reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Niebla has drawn interest in a major league coaching position. While the Mets have not been linked to Niebla, they very well might soon be with the hiring of Callaway.

Certainly, there’s already a level of report between Callaway and Niebla. The question is whether it’s enough for Callaway to want to bring him aboard. It’s also a question if the Mets want to give him that job.

It also should not be discounted that the Indians may be interested in Niebla too. Certainly, he and bullpen coach Jason Bere should be in the mix with John Farrell to replace Callaway.

Overall, it seems like Niebla may very well get a job as a pitching coach this offseason. With the Mets hiring Callaway, presumably in large part due to his work with Indians pitchers, the Mets should take a long look at the coach who helped Callaway make those pitchers so successful.

Editor’s Note: This was first published on MMO

0 thoughts on “Mets Pitching Coach List Should Include Ruben Niebla”

  1. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Fantastic piece in Friday’s Post about Girardi and the Yankees decision to move on. [Joel Sherman]

    Boston Red Sox new pitching coach ? The man that helped Familia use mindfulness when he could not find the plate and of course he was the reason how Hansel Robles improved his location and reduced his Inherited Runs Scores and especially how Roble lowered his HRs allowed, of course his bulloen coach…

    I am shocked they hired Mike Maddux over Ricky Bones….

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m not. Maddox is one of the top pitching coaches in the game

  2. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Are the Mets lookng for a pitching coach who relies less on the slider?
    Or can teach Wheeler something, or anything?
    I would hope that one of those opening day starters besides de Grom had a good year, could bring high return so the Mets could bring back Dickey or Colon?

    yet, if Rhame is not ready, if Sewald does not develop a new pitch, if McGowan and all start at AAA I would bring back a durable Colon to eat some innings and help Cespedes have some fun…

    I do not see the current Sewald as MLB viable yet…. though he has many tangibles and intangibles. He must develop a new plus pitch that he locate around the plate with the same release pount as another core pitch of his…

    de Grom

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Not sure what the Mets want in a pitching coach, but I do know the two things Callaway focuses on is the two seamer and the curveball. That would work well with Wheeler’s repertoire.

      1. Five Tool Ownership says:

        did you have a chance to read 10/27 joel sherman?

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Which one?

  3. Five Tool Ownership says:

    oh yeah, assuming Montero is not lights out in March, he will traded to Seattle or the Orange County Angels for an A prospect. He needs to be far away incase he gets it together. Montero may just need a clean slate and if Callahan can not solve Robles he will be close behind.

  4. Five Tool Ownership says:

    pitching coach also?

    This Yankees team is ready to contend for titles the next few years, and the front office wants to emulate what the World Series teams have with Houston’s A.J. Hinch and Los Angeles’ Dave Roberts. Not just smart and energetic and in control of strategy — but having a personality that bonds all the various elements of an organization as one.

    A baseball organization is now a multi-department behemoth, with each level trying to gain the slightest edges over the competition. Hinch and Roberts have helped create a clubhouse culture in which the players buy into the group effort and believe that a whole roster is vital to win over a grueling season and, therefore, playing time and lineup construction are designed strictly to win and for no other reason; suggestions are made to change swings or sleep patterns or diet to maximize performance, not to punish.

    With Girardi, there was a growing sense of fracture in these areas, invisible walls going back up. The front office was worried that would worsen with a new long-term deal. So there was a pivot to see if they can find the right person to better facilitate a collaborative spirit and get this group over that Canyon of Heroes goal line.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The Yankees got too smart for themselves by not bringing Girardi back. This wasn’t them being pensive and making a calculated decision.

      Most likely, the next manager will be a downgrade. Perhaps enough to stunt what should be the next great Yankees run.

  5. Five Tool Ownership says:



    IF IT WAS NOT THE first 45 days or so on the DL no one would EVER have found out CESPEDES was CLUELESS ON HYDRATION, the most basic of all training or of all nutrition, elimination in body…. INCREDIBLE!!

    THEY PAY HIM $27m a year and the mgr is afraid of him, on autopilot!

    “therefore, playing time and lineup construction are designed strictly to win and for no other reason; suggestions are made to change swings or sleep patterns or diet to maximize performance, not to punish.”

    Well, the Mets punish me in my speaking up…. yet this CLEARLY demonstrates that cities need to consider PUBLIC VOTING referendums for the populace to vote out ownership where teams WILL have two years to sell their majority shares….


    He knew nothing about hydration!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Keith Hernandez smoked as much as Cespedes, but he didn’t have the same issues. Likely, Cespedes is injury prone because he doesn’t put in the requisite work, or because he’s just an injury prone player. Perhaps, it’s a mixture of the two.

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