Going deep: Peoria P coach Jason Simontacchi

The former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and current Midwest League pitching coach discusses his charges.

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Simontacchi is two-thirds of the way through his rookie season as pitching coach at Class-A Peoria. Being well-traveled as a player has enabled the California native to develop an approach that includes bits and pieces from many.

The 39-year-old pitched in the majors for St. Louis from 2002-04 and later appeared with the 2007 Washington Nationals. As a minor leaguer, Simontacchi pitched in the Royals, Pirates and Twins organizations and competed in independent ball in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He also pitched for Team Italy in the 2000 Olympics after playing in the Italian League that season.

Now in coaching central Illinois, "the Simo Man" (as he was nicknamed by Mike Shannon), is charged with the care and development of a dozen young arms. In the following audio interview, he discusses the starters he currently has and the ones who have already graduated to Palm Beach - and in one case, Springfield - as well as members of the Midwest League club's relief corps.


Coming soon

Other Peoria interviews ahead include outfielder Charlie Tilson, third baseman Patrick Wisdom and pitcher Mike Mayers. Memphis, Springfield and St. Louis subjects will follow.

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