In his 15th season and 14th full season as Padres pitching coach after joining staff on May 17, 2003. Since the beginning of his first full season in 2004, the Padres have posted a 3.93 ERA, the seventh-best mark in baseball in that span and sixth-best among National League teams. In 2015, the Padres staff recorded a franchise-record 1,393 strikeouts, the fourth-most in Major League Baseball last season…the rotation itself recorded a franchise-record 890 strikeouts with four starting pitchers reaching 160 strikeouts, including James Shields (216), Tyson Ross (212), Ian Kennedy (174) and Andrew Cashner (165). In 2014, the Padres posted the fourth-best team ERA in the Majors and second-best in franchise history with a 3.27 ERA, behind only the 1971 club's 3.22 ERA…the 2014 squad's 1,284 strikeouts were also second-most in team history behind 2010's 1,295 strikeouts…the 2014 team's 3.56 runs allowed per game was the lowest mark in team history. The Padres boasted the third-best team ERA in the Majors with a 3.42 mark in 2011. The 2010 club posted a 3.39 ERA, ranking second in the Majors and was the lowest ERA among Padres staffs since 1989…both the 2007 and 2010 clubs recorded a franchise-record 20 shutouts under his guidance. Guided the San Diego staff to a Major League-best 3.70 ERA in 2007 and a National League-best 3.87 ERA in 2006, marking the first two times in franchise history the team has led the league in ERA. Began the 2003 season as the pitching coach for Double-A Mobile before being promoted to Major League staff on May 17...spent all of 2002 and the beginning of 2003 at Mobile where he guided the BayBears pitching staff to a 3.37 ERA, second-best in the Southern League. Served as pitching coach at Single-A Lake Elsinore in 2001, his second season in the Padres organization...named a corecipient of the 2001 Jack Krol Award (along with Craig Colbert) for contributions in player development in the Padres organization. Joined the Padres in 2000 after 10 years in the Toronto Blue Jays system where he served as a minor league pitching instructor, minor league coach and Major League advance scout. Began his coaching career at Single-A St. Catharines in 1990 and 1991 before moving to Single-A Myrtle Beach in 1992 and Single-A Hagerstown in 1993...from 1994-1995, he served as the manager at Rookie-Level Medicine Hat before returning to Hagerstown in 1996...between stints at Single-A Dunedin (1997) and Double-A Knoxville (1999), he was the Blue Jays Major League advance scout (1998).
A third-round selection by the Oakland A's in the 1984 First-Year Player Draft. Pitched at Rookie-level Idaho Falls, Single-A Modesto and Rookie-level Pocatello in the A's chain. Registered career highs in starts (20), innings pitched (115.0) and strikeouts (70), while going 6-5 with a 4.38 ERA at Modesto in 1986. Moved on to the Blue Jays organization after being selected in the 1986 minor league draft…saved a career-high nine games at Dunedin in 1987. Final professional season came in 1989 when he went 3-3 for Double-A Knoxville. Teammate with Padres bullpen coach Willie Blair in 1987 on the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays, as well as 1988 in Double-A Knoxville.
Full name is Darren Wayne Balsley...he and his wife, Carrie, have three children: Allison, Sarah and Jacob.• Is a 1982 graduate of San Diego's Mt. Carmel High School...also attended Palomar College.