Justin Lord leaping to Double-A level for Washington Nationals


WASHINGTON – Justin Lord, 42, was a pitcher within the minors from 2001-08, and has been an teacher for a number of seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.

However this coming season might be a primary for the Alabama native and Florida State product – he would be the pitching coach on the Double-A degree for the Harrisburg Senators within the Nationals’ system.

He was the pitching coach final season for Single-Wilmington in Delaware and labored with a number of the prime younger arms within the system, together with Cade Cavalli, Jackson Rutledge, Cole Henry, Matt Cronin, and Holden Powell.

“I’m enthusiastic about it. I’m very comfortable in regards to the alternative to go to Harrisburg,” Lord informed Federal Baseball from his house in Georgia.

“I’d assume I’d have a number of the guys I had final yr in Wilmington, some guys I’m very conversant in. Simply to see them compete at a special degree … the upper you go, the hitters get higher and you’ll’t make as many errors. Hopefully, you’ll be able to keep forward of these hitters by one step,” he added.

Lord pitched within the minors for Kansas Metropolis and Pittsburgh however by no means above the Single-A degree.

He was the pitching coach for Single-A Frederick within the Baltimore system in 2019 – however has by no means coached above that degree.

“I’m excited as a result of you’ll have some older guys and a few youthful guys who’ve some shiny futures as effectively,” stated Lord, who has by no means been to the Metropolis Island area in Harrisburg. “It’s going to be a enjoyable degree. It’s my first time teaching or enjoying in a Double-A league.”

Final fall, Lord was a part of the teaching workers in West Palm Seashore for the Educational League.

“It was good – we did a whole lot of issues with the pitchers that I believed was very productive,” he stated. “We obtained to see a number of of the brand new guys from the 2021 draft and work with these guys in bullpens and see them in intrasquad” video games.

The highest three pitchers drafted by the Nationals final yr have been lefty Dusty Saenz (fourth spherical), lefty Michael Kirian (sixth), and righty Cole Quintanilla, who went within the ninth spherical.

All three of them have been at Educational League, Lord famous.

Saenz, from Texas A & M, pitched within the Florida Complicated League and for low Single-A Fredericksburg final season.

Kirian, drafted out of Louisville, pitched in seven complete video games in 2021 and likewise break up time between Florida and the Virginia crew.

A College of Texas product, Quintanilla had an ERA of three.86 in six video games out of the bullpen in his first professional season, additionally splitting time between the Florida Complicated League with supervisor Jake Lowery and for Fredericksburg with Mario Lisson, who additionally managed within the Arizona Fall League final season.

“We actually did some issues from a pitch improvement standpoint, mechanical-type evaluation, breaking down deliveries, that kind of factor,” Lord stated of the time at Educational League. “It was good to see these guys the place they’re and the place we see them advancing to. We might make some changes right here and there nevertheless it was working hand-in-hand with the entire pitching departments and power and conditioning. I feel we now have a great factor coming with them.”

“It was about three weeks lengthy; we obtained to see a number of of these drafted guys. We didn’t play a whole lot of video games so actually it was a whole lot of time within the bullpen,” he added. “To not single any of these guys out, however all of these guys have good qualities, good frames, and good our bodies and rather a lot to work with.”

Off the sphere this winter, Lord loved woodworking and searching as soon as he obtained again house to Georgia after being in Florida final fall.

“I obtained actually busy with that round Christmas. It’s not as busy because it was in December,” he stated of woodworking in January.

Lord additionally checks in on pitchers within the minor league system of the Nationals.

“I’ve a listing of men I keep in contact with no less than as soon as a month,” he stated.

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