Former Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty - dismissed by the team in October following the 2015 season - has found a new job as an assistant for the Single-A Lake County Captains.
The Captains are an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. McCatty will be their pitching coach, just as he was for the Nationals from 2009 through this past season.
McCatty is back in the minor leagues after a successful tenure overall in Washington. McCatty oversaw the development of star pitchers like Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez and led a Nationals staff that ranked first in the majors in both team ERA and rotation ERA in 2014.
The Nats' pitching staff battled injuries to several key players in 2015 including Strasburg, Doug Fister and Craig Stammen and were part of a club that fell way short of expectations. They missed the playoffs and that cost manager Matt Williams his job. Several of his assistants, including McCatty, were also let go.
McCatty drew some interest from other big league clubs this offseason, including the Detroit Tigers, before joining Cleveland's organization.