To conduct our interview that follows, Cardinals minor league pitching coordinator Tim Leveque suggested we step outside the crowded coaches' room and into the area between the clubhouse and the right field wall at Roger Dean Stadium.
As we did that, who was walking by but Brent Strom, looking a bit odd in his orange Houston Astros uniform. Of course, Strom has joined Houston for 2014 as their major league pitching coach. As coincidence, his club was in Jupiter to play the Marlins that afternoon.
Strom, a former pitcher who modestly stakes his major claim to fame as being the second pitcher to ever undergo Tommy John surgery, was long a successful teacher of young arms even before joining the Cardinals system in 2007.
Leveque brings a strong portfolio of experiences to his new assignment, as well. Though still in his early 30's, he has held a variety of roles from scout to minor league pitching coach to rehab coordinator to mechanics analyst and more.
In the following interview, Leveque discusses the balance necessary to maintain continuity while putting his own touches on a most-important job.
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