Richard A. Knapp
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 245 lb.
- School Virginia Tech
Rick Knapp reached the major leagues in his 27th season in professional baseball.
Knapp was picked in the 41st round of the 1983 amateur draft by the Texas Rangers. He was 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA in 9 games for the GCL Rangers, allowing only 31 hits and 6 walks in 42 innings. With the Salem Redbirds, he had a 8.47 ERA in 7 games that year.
In 1984, Rick was 6-9 with a save and a 3.31 ERA for the Burlington Rangers. The next season, he was 13-7 with a 3.40 ERA for Salem. He led the Carolina League in innings (180) and hits allowed (187). Knapp spent 1986 with the Tulsa Drillers, going 6-16 with a 5.89 ERA. He led the Texas League in losses and his 115 runs allowed were only four behind leader Alex Madrid.
Knapp concluded his playing career in 1987 with Tulsa (8-12, 4.33) and the Oklahoma City 89ers (0-1, 6.59 in his only two games in AAA as a player).
Knapp coached for the Gastonia Rangers (1988), GCL Rangers (1989-1992), Oklahoma City 89ers (1993-1994) and GCL Rangers (1995). He then coached for the GCL Twins in 1996. From 1997-2008, he was the minor league pitching coordinator for the Minnesota Twins chain. In 2003, he also was pitching coach for the Tigres de Aragua of the Venezuelan League. In 2009, he was promoted to the staff of the Detroit Tigers, making the majors as a coach. He was let go by the Tigers during the 2011 season and was named minor league pitching coordinator for the Kansas City Royals later that year.
Primary Source: 2009 Tigers Media Guide