Knapp replaces Mark Davis, the 1989 National League Cy Young Award winner who was the coordinator for one season. Davis will remain in the Royals' organization as a pitching coach.
Knapp, dismissed by the Tigers on July 3 during his third season as pitching coach, was Minor League pitching coordinator for the Minnesota Twins from 1997-2008. He pitched for five seasons in the Rangers' farm system before beginning his coaching career in 1988.
Davis won the Cy Young Award as the Padres' closer and then signed as a free agent with Kansas City, where he spent 2 1/2 seasons (1990-92) of his 15-year Major League career. He served as pitching coach for the Royals' Surprise Rookie league team from 2006-10.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.