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Monday, January 14, 2013

Hooton Will Still be Handling Young Arms, Just not for the Astros

In 2013, Burt Hooton won't be preparing pitchers who are trying to make it to Minute Maid Park anymore.  However, it is likely he will be coaching three young pitchers with a good chance to make it Petco Park. 

Hooton, who will be 63 years old on Opening Day, is slated to be the pitching coach for the Ft. Wayne TinCaps, San Diego's Low A affiliate.  The TinCaps are likely to have three of the Padres Top four draft picks from the 2012 draft on Hooton's pitching staff.  Max Fried, 19, was drafted seventh over-all.  The Padres selected Zach Elfin, 18, 33rd over-all.  Walker Weickel, 19, was picked 55th over-all.  All three pitchers played for the Arizona League Padres after being signing with San Diego last summer.

Hooton had been a part of the Houston organization since 2000. Last season he was the pitching coach for Oklahoma City.  2012 was Hooton's eighth straight season as the pitching coach of the Astros' AAA affiliate. 

Hooton went to high school in Corpus Christi and played in college for the University of Texas.  He currently resides in San Antonio, the home of San Diego's AA affiliate. 

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