Ex-Cub Mike Harkey named Diamondbacks pitching coach

Ex-Cub Mike Harkey named Diamondbacks pitching coach
November 27, 2013, 9:15 pm
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By Paul Roumeliotis

Former Cubs pitcher Mike Harkey was named as the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach on Wednesday.

The Cubs selected Harkey, 47, with the fourth overall pick in the 1987 MLB Draft. He spent parts of five seasons on the North Side from 1988 to 1993. In 1990, he finished fifth in voting for National League Rookie of the Year following a 12-6 record with 94 strikeouts and a 3.26 ERA.

After his tenure with the Cubs, Harkey bounced around and played for four teams from 1993 to 1997. His playing career was cut short due to his inability to stay healthy. He finished his career posting a record of 36-36 with 316 strikeouts and a 4.49 ERA.

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Following his retirement, Harkey served as a pitching coach for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa. For the past five seasons, Harkey served as the bullpen coach for the New York Yankees.

Perhaps Harkey might see a Cubs pitcher in his rotation this upcoming season.