COACHING CAREER: Enters his second season with the Padres after making his Major League coaching debut last season, returning to San Diego where he made his Major League debut as a player in 1995. Spent the previous five seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, serving as pitching coach for Single-A Yakima from 2011-12, Single-A Missoula in 2013, Single-A South Bend in 2014 and Single-A Kane County in 2015.
PLAYING CAREER: Originally signed by the Montreal Expos as a ninth-round selection in the 1989 First-Year Player Draft out of Indian River Community College (Fort Pierce, FL). Made his Major League debut for the Padres in 1995, going 4-4 with a 3.57 ERA (18 ER, 45.1 IP) and 45 strikeouts against 19 walks with one save in 34 relief appearances that season. Enjoyed his best Major League season with San Diego in 1996 for the National League West Champions, going 2-4 with a career-best 3.02 ERA (22 ER, 65.2 IP) and a career-high 68 strikeouts against 39 walks along with three saves over a career-high 63 relief appearances. Over six Major League seasons total with the Padres (1995-97), Detroit Tigers (1998), Los Angeles Dodgers (1999) and Kansas City Royals (2000) he went 9-18 with a 4.57 ERA (132 ER, 260.0 IP) and 215 strikeouts against 166 walks with six saves in 220 relief appearances. Pitched in one postseason game for the Padres in the 1996 National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, taking the loss in his lone appearance on October 3, 1996 at St. Louis after allowing one run in 0.1 innings pitched.
PERSONAL: Full name is Douglas Eugene Bochtler...he and his wife, Darcy, have two sons, Colton and Cade...Is one of 19 players out of Indian River Community College to reach the Major Leagues and one of three to do so
as a Padre, joining right-hander Ed Wojna in 1985 and current Padres infielder Cory Spangenberg in 2014.