At the start of 2023, the SF Giants must adjust their player development personnel significantly.
Matt Daniels, the Giants’ pitching sciences coordinator for the last three years, revealed his departure from the team on social media. As the pitching analysis coordinator, Daniels joined the company in January 2019. Through his work with Driveline Baseball, Daniels has established a solid reputation for his ability to assist players in becoming better through biomechanics and statistical analysis.
Daniels remarked, “I want to express my gratitude to the San Francisco Giants for four of my best years. “I will always appreciate the help I received from the players, my coworkers, and the leadership team during our time together. Working for such a first-class business was an honor, and now it’s time to explore the next challenge. The development tales, learning experiences, new friendships, and memories made have touched me in the most positive way conceivable.”
Under baseball operations president Farhan Zaidi, Daniels has garnered a lot of praise for the Giants’ robust pitching development system. Pitchers like Jarlin Garca, Logan Webb, Camilo Doval, Alex Wood, Kevin Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani, and Carlos Rodón have all had career seasons since Daniels joined the club. The Giants affiliates have typically been among the top strikeout producers in the minor leagues. The Giants’ farm system did appear to regress this season, which may have prompted the front management to make some adjustments.
Daniels’ reputation expanded along with Driveline’s, which grew primarily due to favorable press from Trevor Bauer, the company’s first well-known client, with whom Daniels collaborated. Before his 2019 accusation of harassing a woman online and of sexual assault in 2021, Bauer, the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner, was already a controversial figure for his internet actions. Due to his violation of MLB’s rules against domestic violence and sexual assault, Bauer was suspended for the entire 2022 season.