TEXAS: A former reliever for the Rangers, Brocail is entering his second season as pitching coach after being hired on Nov. 5, 2015…in his first season on the coaching staff in 2016, the rotation posted the 4th-most quality starts in the A.L. (84)…the bullpen tied an MLB record with 41 wins (also 1953 Dodgers), while club-record 56 saves led MLB…this is his second stint as a big league pitching coach, also serving in the role with Houston from 2011-13…a longtime Houston-area resident, he spent six seasons in different roles in the Astros organization from 2010- 15 after retiring as a player following the 2009 campaign… pitched out of the bullpen for Texas in 2004-05.
COACHING CAREER: To finish his six seasons (2010- 15) in the Houston organization, served majority of 2014-15 as pitching coach for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks after being named Astros Special Assistant to the General Manager and Senior Pitching Advisor prior to the 2014 campaign…he was the organization's major league pitching coach from June 14, 2011-2013, initially taking the role on an interim basis when Brad Arnsberg was dismissed before being named to the position permanently on Oct. 11, 2011…during his tenure as pitching coach, saw 18 different pitchers make their MLB debuts under his supervision…his first position after retiring as a player came in 2010-11 as a Special Assistant to the GM for Houston, a role in which he assisted with the evaluation of Major League and minor league players in the Astros system and handled some Major League scouting assignments.
PLAYING CAREER: The right-handed pitcher saw action in 15 major league seasons from 1992-2009 with San Diego (1992- 94, 2006-07), Houston (1995-96, 2008-09), Detroit (1997-2000), and Texas (2004-05)…compiled a 52-48 record with 9 saves and a 4.00 ERA in 626 appearances/42 starts…had a 38-22 (.633) record over his final 12 seasons (1998-2009), the 11th highest relief win total in MLB in that span despite missing two full seasons…registered a 2.83 ERA in 191 games over a three-year span (1997-99) in Detroit while posting a .225 opponents batting average, allowing just 181 hits in 222.2 innings…did not pitch at all in 2002-03 after initially having right elbow surgery on April 27, 2001 to repair a full tear of the medical collateral ligament and partial tear of the flexor tendon…in his two seasons with Texas, went 9-4 with a 4.94 ERA over 104 relief appearances in his return to MLB…while in Padres spring camp on March 11, 2006, underwent an angioplasty after doctors discovered blockage of his left anterior descending coronary artery during an angiogram…underwent a second angioplasty on April 10, 2006, but recovered to return from the DL in July and make 25 appearances out of the bullpen that year.
PERSONAL: Douglas Keith Brocail…Doug and wife Lisa reside in Missouri City, TX and have five daughters: Taylor (March 7, 1990), McKinzie (July 6, 1991), Madisyne (Jan. 3, 1994), Camdyn (Sept. 3, 1997), and Parker Elisabeth (Feb. 9, 2001)…Brocail was All-State in football, basketball and baseball at Lamar High School in Colorado, where he pitched three no-hitters and fanned 156 batters in 76 innings to win Colorado Pitcher of the Year honors in 1985… attended Lamar (CO) Community College before being drafted.