Twins Pitching Philosophy - Who's coordinating? Can they implement a new philosophy?
I am not asking this question to be mocking. I am thinking back over where the Twins have been with their pitching staff.
As I recall, Rick Knapp was the Twins minor league pitching coordinator for a number of years -- until he got a call from the Tigers to be their pitching coach -- a position in which lasted about 3 years.
The Twins now have someone on their roster whose title is Eric Rasmussen, coordinator, pitching. Is this the same position that Rick Knapp held? What does anyone know about him? (When Knapp was in the position, I remember hearing about him all the time. I really don't recall hearing much, if anything about Rasmussen.)
For some reason I went back and looked up the number of strikeouts by Twins pitchers over the past 10 years or so. The numbers are from baseballreference.com along with their rank in the league (keeping in mind that there were only 14 teams until this year):
So the most "powerful" pitching the Twins had was in the Santana era, specifically 2004 with 1123 strikeouts. Yet 1123 would still put them behind every other team in the league except the Astros this year and falls substantially below the AL average of 1235. (yes, I realize that hitters have also changed from that time period).
I know that the Twins have made a move to acquire more powerful pitchers in very recent years. But how did they get so "far behind the 8 ball"? And have they changed the way that they work with pitchers to ensure that power pitchers stay power pitchers (and more than that, progress to actually being good at the major league level)?
Really looking for some insight into the system. Thanks.