Twins hire new pitching coach Neil Allen from Rays’ minors

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Rays Triple-A pitching coach Neil Allen beat out longtime MLB pitching coach and former Twins reliever Carl Willis to become Minnesota’s new pitching coach.

He joins first-year manager Paul Molitor’s new-look staff, which includes Tom Brunansky, Eddie Guardado, Gene Glynn, and Rudy Hernandez. Minnesota has not yet named a new bench coach or first base coach.

Allen was the Triple-A pitching coach for the Rays from 2007-2014, during which time Tampa Bay’s young pitching and overall player developed keyed a long string of success despite low payrolls.