Astros coaching moves: Houston hires Brent Strom as pitching coach

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis minor league pitching coordinator will be the new Astros pitching coach

That didn't take long.

A week after shuffling the major league field staff, Houston has a new pitching coach. Brent Strom, formerly the St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitching coordinator, has been named pitching coach of the Houston Astros, according to Brian McTaggart.

Strom takes over for Doug Brocail, who was reassigned last week after two seasons on the job. Strom, a former major league pitcher for the Mets, the Indians and the PadresIt's Strom's second stint as Houston's pitching coach, as he was in the position in 1996 for just one season. He also served as major league pitching coach with Kansas City.

Interestingly enough, Strom is a proponent of long toss programs. Check out this essay by him over at WebBall.com. I'm sure his thoughts and philosophies on this stuff matter, just like they did for John Mallee as hitting coach.

You also can't argue with Strom's success as minor league pitching coordinator with the Cardinals. Just this season, the Cards produced a ton of talented rookies to help their pitching staff. Some, like Carlos Martinez and Shelby Miller, were known quantities, while others, like former Texas A&M star Michael Wacha, were pleasant surprises.

Considering how many of Houston's pitchers will be young guys or just out of the minors, this move makes sense. In fact, we almost could have called it, given how many St. Louis staffers Houston has hired in the past two seasons.

Any thoughts on the move? Is this a good get? Were you looking for more of a big name here?

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