Astros hire Strom as pitching coach
The Astros have agreed to hire Cardinals Minor League pitching instructor Brent Strom to be their next pitching coach, a source told MLB.com on Monday.
Strom, who had worked with the Cardinals since 2007, will be announced by the club when the deal becomes official. He replaces Doug Brocail, who last week was reassigned to become the club’s special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow and senior pitching advisor.
A former Major League pitching coach for the Astros and Kansas City Royals, Strom was with the Nationals/Expos for five seasons from 2002-2006 as Minor League pitching coordinator before joining the Cardinals, where Luhnow was vice president of scouting and player development.
Strom, 64, was the New York Mets’ first-round selection in the 1970 First-Year Player Draft. He owns a career mark of 22-39 with a 3.95 ERA in 100 career Major League games (75 starts) for the Mets (1972), Indians (1973) and Padres (1975-77). He graduated from USC with a degree in physical education and helped the Trojans to NCAA baseball championships in both 1968 and 1970.