Minnesota Twins Possible Pitching Coach Options

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 17: Pitching coach Carl Willis
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 17: Pitching coach Carl Willis /
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SURPRISE, AZ – FEBRUARY 25: Andy Hawkins
SURPRISE, AZ – FEBRUARY 25: Andy Hawkins /

Danny Clark

General manager Thad Levine comes from the Texas Rangers organization, so he would be familiar and have some comfort level with guys who are from that system. Clark has been with the Rangers system since 2006, when he was hired as the pitching coach with the Rangers low-A affiliate. Clark has been the Rangers minor league pitching coordinator since 2008, and he’s been credited with the success of a number of young pitchers that have come through the Rangers system in that time.

Andy Hawkins

Andy Hawkins had a decade-long major league career after being the 5th overall selection in the 1976 draft, having a few solid seasons for the San Diego Padres in the 1980s, with his most notable career moment coming when he allowed no hits against the Chicago White Sox on July 1st, 1990, but still ended up losing the game.

Hawkins bounced around in coaching before being brought up to be the interim pitching coach in Texas in 2008 when they let their pitching coach go. After Mike Maddux was brought on as pitching coach in Texas, Hawkins moved to bullpen coach alongside Maddux, staying in the role with Texas after Maddux left for Washington. Hawkins left the Rangers to be the pitching coach for the Royals AAA team in 2016 and has served in that capacity the last two seasons.

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