Rockies name Mark Wiley as director of pitching operations

Wiley will be responsible for overseeing development of Rockies pitchers like Tyler Chatwood. - Stephen Dunn

Colorado created a new position to improve 2012's terrible pitching staff.

The Colorado Rockies have hired Mark Wiley as the Director of Pitching Operations, the organization announced today.

Wiley met with general manager Dan O'Dowd, assistant GM Bill Geivett. and owner Dick Monfort last week to interview for the job. The position is newly-created for the Rockies, who finished last in the entire league in ERA (5.22) and opponent's batting average (.290) en route to a franchise-worst 64-98 record.

Previously a scout for the Miami Marlins, Wiley will coordinate anything related to pitching across the organization, including the draft and the minor leagues, for the Rockies. He is expected to have a large say in who the Rockies hire as a new pitching coach this season.

Wiley's hire comes amid many changes in the Rockies organization. Two weeks ago, manager Jim Tracy resigned his position after more than three seasons at the helm. Colorado has yet to name a new manager, and current Rockies player Jason Giambi is one person interviewing for the job.

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