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MadFriars Q&A: Burt Hooton

The staff in Ft. Wayne this year has as many high-profile arms as any team the Padres system has ever fielded. The man with responsibility for this group of young potential stars is Burt Hooton, the TinCaps' pitching coach. Hooton was a late addition to the coaching staff after Willie Blair was promoted to the big league club when Bob McClure was unable to join the Padres as bullpen coach.

The long-time big league pitcher and former Astros Major League and minor league pitching coach, is widely regarded as a good teacher – a skillset that the organization definitely wanted with so many teenagers in the Midwest League. We caught up with Hooton for thoughts on his young charges. Joe Ross, who is repeating the level, has shown flashes but has had trouble with consistency. Burt Hooton...