Cal Eldred named new pitching coach for Kansas City Royals

Cal Eldred speaks to a meeting of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Cedar Rapids Washington High School while a member of the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, January 19, 2005. (The Gazette)
Cal Eldred speaks to a meeting of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Cedar Rapids Washington High School while a member of the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, January 19, 2005. (The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Kansas City Royals announced Tuesday that Cal Eldred has been named their pitching coach for the 2018 season.

The Urbana native and Mount Vernon resident has been Assistant to the General Manager-Player Development for the Royals the past two seasons. He was with the St. Louis Cardinals in a similar capacity from 2013 to 2015.

The 49-year-old pitched parts of 14 seasons in the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox and Cardinals. Milwaukee’s first-round draft pick (17th overall) in 1989 out of the University of Iowa, Eldred finished with an 86-74 career record in 341 games, with a 4.42 earned run average.

The Royals also announced Terry Bradshaw as their 2018 hitting coach, Vance Wilson its bullpen coach and Pedro Grifol catching/quality control coach under Manager Ned Yost.

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