Wes Johnson Leaving Twins for LSU

Photo: Gerald Herbert - Associated Press

It was a pretty good Sunday for the Minnesota Twins. They took the final game of their series vs the Colorado Rockies, which won them the 3-game inter-league bout held over the weekend at Target Field.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Guardians lost their 4th-straight game, dropping them two games back of the Twins for the AL Central lead. This, on the eve of an important 5-game series between Cleveland and Minnesota that starts Monday.

But Sunday evening, reports are breaking — first via D1Baseball.com and now confirmed by others — that Minnesota Twins pitching coach, Wes Johnson, has accepted a job offer from LSU, as the Tigers new pitching coach. Remember, Johnson was a highly-touted, forward-thinking college coach when hired by the Twins in 2018.

Johnson to Jump Ship (Almost) Immediately

According to D1 Baseball, Johnson will leave the Twins immediately, even though the college baseball season is over and the MLB season hasn’t even reached the All-Star break. Wow, this is big news. And the timing couldn’t be worse…

What’s remarkable about Johnson landing Wes Johnson is that the @Twins currently lead the AL Central with a 41-33 record. Now, he’s heading back to college baseball midseason. Big pull for @LSUbaseballKendall Rogers – D1 Baseball

Aaron Gleeman (The Athletic) is now reporting that, per a source, the upcoming series in Cleveland is expected to be Wes Johnson’s last with the Minnesota Twins. Why is Johnson leaving? Because, apparently, he will make a lot more money as a big time college pitching coach than he does in the MLB. You learn new things every day…

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan