For the first time since the start of the 2008 season, the Oakland A's will have a new minor league pitching coordinator. Scott Emerson, who has served in the A's system as a minor league pitching coach since 2003, has taken over the position for Gil Patterson, who has left the A's to take a position with the New York Yankees. Patterson has been named Director of Pitching for the Yankees.
Emerson joined the A's organization in 2003 as a pitching coach for the A's then-High-A affiliate, the Modesto A's. He served there from 2003-2004 and then stayed at the High-A level when the A's switched their affiliation to the Stockton Ports in 2005. After two seasons with the Ports, Emerson moved to Double-A Midland, where he served as their pitching coach from 2007-2010. In 2011, he was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento, where he had been the pitching coach for the past two seasons.
During his time with the A's, Emerson has worked with several pitchers who have reached the big leagues, including Dallas Braden, Brad Ziegler, Jared Burton, Jerry Blevins, Andrew Bailey, Vin Mazzaro, Andrew Carignan, Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Henry Rodriguez, Josh Outman, Graham Godfrey, Tyson Ross, A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily, Jarrod Parker and Sean Doolittle.
Patterson leaves the A's for the organization he was with before joining Oakland for the 2008 season. Patterson, a resident of Tampa, Florida, where the Yankees have their minor league complex, has a reputation around baseball as one of the most talented pitching minds. Patterson was in his second stint with the A' having served as a minor league pitching coach from 1991-1995 and as a roving minor league pitching instructor in 1996. Ron Romanick, now with the New York Mets, ran the A's program with great success from 1999-2007.
Emerson's experience with the A's pitching program should ensure a smooth transition next season.