Rick Knapp now Royals pitching instructor
Rick Knapp made his resume as the minor league pitching coordinator for the Twins, reinforcing the philosophies of Minnesota pitching coach Rick Anderson and management, before the Tigers hired him as their pitching coach after the 2008 season. Once the Tigers dismissed Knapp as pitching coach this summer, that seemed like the natural role for him to return.
He found his spot with the Royals, who face a challenge developing the pitching to complement their gifted young hitters. Kansas City announced Knapp as its new pitching coordinator on Wednesday.
It’ll be a little more of a transition for Knapp, who lives in Florida and was able to stay at home during the offseason while going back and forth to Lakeland. The Royals train in Surprise, Arizona.