Giants hire pitching analyst to aid with training efforts

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have hired pitching analyst Matt Daniels to join the staff of new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who vowed when hired in November to find a wide array of experts to help the club.

Now, he has a data-focused staff member to aid in pitching training.

Daniels announced Tuesday he was leaving his position in Seattle as pitching coordinator of Driveline Baseball to join the Giants, calling it "such an incredible opportunity."

The Giants confirmed his hiring.

Giants CEO Larry Baer sought what he called a "next-gen" executive before hiring Zaidi away from the National League West rival Los Angeles Dodgers, who have won the past six division titles and lost in the World Series the past two years.