Interview: Batavia Pitching Coach Tim Leveque

The pitching coach of the Cardinals' New York-Penn League club discusses his 2009 staff in this exclusive audio interview.

Tim Leveque, the first-year pitching coach of the Batavia Muckdogs of the short-season New York-Penn League, came to the Cardinals in a bit of a non-conventional manner.

Leveque was hired by the organization in March, 2006 as a pitching specialist that coordinated and studied video of draft-eligible pitchers, a role he continues in the off-season. The California native previously played collegiate baseball for the University of Michigan and is now in his second season as pitching coach in the Cardinals system. Last season, he was pitching coach at Johnson City.

His 2009 charges are an interesting group. Half of his tandem starters came out of the 2009 draft and while six of the eight had ERAs of three or less, the team ERA of 3.24 ranked only eighth in the league. The team's save leader had just two during the first quarter of the season.

Leveque discusses these factors and more in this exclusive audio interview.

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