Jeff Johnson is in charge of a lot of highly touted prep pitchers this year.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money and high draft picks the last few years on pitching, especially young prep pitchers. A lot of those prep pitchers are pitching in West Virginia this year, giving West Virginia pitching coach Jeff Johnson one of the most important assignments in the organization. I spoke with Johnson at the West Virginia media day prior to the start of the 2011 season. Note that this interview occurred three weeks ago, and you've probably seen several parts before, since I've used these quotes in different articles. With Jameson Taillon pitching in West Virginia tomorrow, I figured the full interview would be relevant.
With the pitching staff this year, you've got more potential starting candidates than actual starting spots. How are you going to work to get innings for all of the players at the level?
It certainly will be a challenge from that perspective, but it's...
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