The Baltimore Orioles are still searching for a pitching coach after Dave Wallace and Dom Chiti left to join the Atlanta Braves organization.
Along with losing Wallace, the Orioles also lost bullpen coach, Dom Chiti, to the Braves. He was hired as the senior director of pitching, according to MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko.
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) November 2, 2016
According to Kubatko, the Orioles are interested in Cardinals minor league pitching coordinator Tim Leveque. Leveque has been in his position with St. Louis since 2013. He isn’t considered to be the frontrunner for the Orioles pitching coach position.
Leveque, who is 36 years old, was the pitching coach of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals in 2012, Single-A Quad Cities in 2010-2011, short-season Single-A Batavia in 2009 and rookie-league Johnson City in 2008. He also served as the Cardinals’ mechanics analyst/minor league rehab coordinator in 2013 before being promoted to pitching coordinator.
The Tigers selected Leveque in the 29th round of the 1999 draft. However, he would take a scholarship with the University of Michigan.
Double-A Bowie pitching coach Alan Mills interviewed with the Orioles on Thursday. Mills is a former Major League pitcher, who pitched to a 39-32 record, 4.12 ERA and 456 strikeouts, over a 12-year career. Mills pitched for the New York Yankees (1990–1991), Baltimore Orioles (1992–1998, 2000–2001) and Los Angeles Dodgers(1999–2000).
Mills served as a pitching coach for the Oneonta Tigers in 2008 and then with the Aberdeen IronBirds, starting in 2012. He would also become the pitching coach for the Delmarva Shorebirds and would be promoted to Bowie in 2015. His promotion to Orioles pitching coach would most likely be the most natural promotion. In addition, he knows what it is like to be a Major Leaguer and more importantly, an Oriole.
The same could be said for Roger McDowell, who is the former pitching coach of the Braves from 2006-2016, is another candidate for the Orioles. He seems to be the most qualified of the candidates because of his work in the Majors as both as a player and pitching coach. McDowell had a 12-year career in the MLB, pitching to a 70-70 record, 3.30 ERA, 524 strikeouts and 159 saves.
McDowell pitched for New York Mets (1985–1989), Philadelphia Phillies (1989–1991), Los Angeles Dodgers (1991–1994), Texas Rangers (1995) and lastly the Baltimore Orioles (1996).
The plot thickens…