Following Thursday’s announcement that Pitching Coach Dave Duncan is taking a leave of absence, the St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that Derek Lilliquist will serve as Pitching Coach and Dyar Miller has been named Bullpen Coach.
Lilliquist, 45, was the Cardinals Bullpen Coach last season, and he took on the team’s Pitching Coach duties last August when Duncan asked for a leave of absence to attend to his wife Jeanine as she underwent surgery Lilliquist has been a member of the Cardinals organization since 2002, working at the minor league level and also with pitchers rehabilitating injuries at the team’s Jupiter, Fla. complex.
Miller, 65, has been a member of the Cardinals organization dating back to 1985 when he had a two-year stint coaching in the minors at Arkansas (AA) and Louisville (AA). He rejoined the organization in 1995, most recently serving as Minor League Pitching Coordinator. Miller, who pitched for seven seasons in the majors, had prior Major League coaching experience in 1987 and 1988 with the Chicago White Sox.
The Cardinals also announced today that Brent Strom has been named Minor League Pitching Coordinator following Miller’s promotion to the Major League staff and that Jamie Pogue has been named Bullpen Catcher for the Major League club. Strom has been a member of the Cardinals organization since 2008, serving as Minor League Pitching Instructor. The Canadian-born Pogue was a catcher in the Cardinals farm system from 2000-02 and he was a non-roster invitee to big league camp in the spring of 2002.
Earlier article: ”Duncan to Step Aside as Cardinals Pitching Coach".
Editor’s comment: All three key moves – Lilliquist, Miller and Strom – can easily be reversed if Duncan decides to return later on. For more details about Pogue and a subscriber-only interview with the new bullpen catcher, click here.