Derek Lilliquist

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Derek Jansen Lilliquist

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Biographical Information[edit]

On June 2, 1987 the Atlanta Braves drafted Derek Lilliquist in the first round (6th pick) of the amateur draft. He signed to play on August 4th. He was sent to the class A Durham Bulls, where he won 2 and lost 1 in 25 innings for a 2.88 ERA. He also spent time with the GCL Braves, with no decisions.

Derek wound up with the AAA Richmond Braves in 1988, where he had a 10-12 record with a 3.38 ERA. This gave him a shot with the major league Atlanta Braves in 1989 where he came up with an 8-10 won-lost record and a 3.97 ERA. He was with both the Braves and the San Diego Padres in 1990 and had a combined 5-11 record and a 5.31 ERA. He also worked for the AAA Richmond Braves during this season, going 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA.

Derek was with the Padres for six games in 1991, going 0-2 and wound up the rest of the year with the Pacific Coast League Las Vegas Stars, going 4-6 with a 5.38 ERA. In late November he was selected off waivers by the Cleveland Indians from the Padres.

Lilliquist would spend three seasons, 1992 through 1994, with the Indians, winning 10 and losing 10 during this run. The Boston Red Sox picked him up when the Indians granted Derek free agency in late 1994.

In 1995 Derek was 2-1 in 26 games in relief with the Red Sox also having a 6.26 ERA. He was released in July and signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers but was cut loose at the end of the season with no record. The Cincinnati Reds signed Derek for 1996 but he failed to win or lose in five games and was cut loose by the Reds at the season's end. This was his last trip to the majors.

He did spend time in 1996 with the Indianapolis Indians going 4-1 in 47 games with a 2.60 ERA. Lilliquist's minor league stats show a 24-20 record, appearing in 131 games, pitching 414 innings with a .325 ERA.

In the majors, he was up for parts of eight years, winning 25 and losing 34, appearing in 262 games, pitching 484 innings, giving up 532 base hits and 134 base on balls for a career 4.13 ERA. All in all. Derek was an active pitcher ten years in pro ball from 1987 through 1996.

In 2011, he was named bullpen coach of the St. Louis Cardinals after spending several seasons as a minor league pitching coach. He later became the team's pitching coach and remained in place until the end of the 2017 season. In 2018, he was named pitching coach of the Washington Nationals but was fired on May 2, 2019.

Additional Information[edit]

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