LSU baseball hires Minnesota Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson for same role with Tigers

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LSU baseball has hired Minnesota Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson for the same role, LSU announced Sunday.

According to The Athletic, Johnson will leave Minnesota to join LSU on Friday. Johnson signed a three-year, $1.14 million term sheet with LSU, according to documents obtained by The Advertiser through a public records request made on Monday.

“We have hired, in my opinion, the best pitching coach in the country at any level," LSU coach Jay Johnson said in a school release Monday. "The success he has had at the highest level of baseball speaks to Wes’ ability to communicate, teach, develop and motivate."

Johnson's decision is a major surprise. He was in his fourth season in Minnesota and had helped the Twins get to first place in the American League Central. By going from MLB to college baseball during the middle of the season, Johnson's move is extremely uncommon.

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He takes over an LSU pitching staff that held its own during the regular season but faltered in the postseason.

Only one starting pitcher threw more than three innings during the Hattiesburg Regional. And LSU's bullpen struggled, even more, allowing 17 earned runs and 24 hits in 22 innings.

Before his time in MLB, Johnson was the pitching coach at Arkansas for two years and Mississippi State before that for one season.

LSU's pitching coach vacancy was opened after Jason Kelly was named the coach at Washington earlier this month.

The Tigers still have an open recruiting coordinator/assistant coach position after Dan Fitzgerald left to become the coach at Kansas.

Koki Riley covers LSU sports for The Daily Advertiser and the USA TODAY Sports South Region. Email him at kriley@theadvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter at @KokiRiley.

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