Wes Johnson

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Wes Johnson

  • Height 5' 7"

Biographical Information[edit]

Wes Johnson was named pitching coach of the Minnesota Twins before the 2019 season. He was part of a recent trend of teams hiring coaches with specific knowledge while overlooking a lack of professional playing experience. In Johnson's case, it was largely due to his being undersized at 5' 7". While born in Atlanta, GA, he grew up in Sherwood, AR and got his first jobs around his hometown. He served with the Twins until the middle of the 2022 season, when he announced on June 26th that he was leaving the team to join the staff of Louisiana State University.

He served as a pitching coach in a private high school in his hometown, Abundant Life School, after graduating from college, and then found jobs with increasingly more prestigious college programs, namely the University of Central Arkansas, Dallas Baptist University (where he concurrently earned a master's degree in kinesiology), Mississippi State University in 2016, and the University of Arkansas. Some 30 pitchers he coached during those years were selected in the amateur draft. In his final season with Arkansas, the team reached the finals of the 2018 College World Series.

He is known as a student of biomechanics and a fan of analytics. He has a reputation for helping pitchers to find additional velocity on their pitches.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Associated Press: "Mold-breaking Twins pitching coach makes positive impression", USA Today, October 3, 2019. [1]
  • Phil Miller: "Twins to name Arkansas' Wes Johnson as pitching coach: Wes Johnson made his name developing velocity in nontraditional ways", Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 16, 2018. [2]
  • La Velle E. Neal III: "New Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson is cut from a different cloth: New pitching coach Wes Johnson's style, background stand out ", Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 16, 2019. [3]
  • John Shipley: "Twins, Baldelli hire longtime college pitching coach Wes Johnson", Twin Cities Pioneer Press, November 15, 2018. [4]

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