Lilliquist joins the Nationals after 16 years with the St. Louis Cardinals...Serv- ing as the Cardinals' bullpen coach in 2011, Lilliquist took over the pitching coach duties full-time in August of 2012....During his five full seasons as the Cardinals' pitching coach (2013-17), St. Louis' hurlers posted a 3.59 ERA, the third-best mark in the Major Leagues over that stretch...Under his watch, the Cardinals pitching staff compiled a Major League-best 2.94 ERA during the 2015 season...It was the team's lowest mark since 1969 and the lowest in Major League Baseball since 1988...In 2014, the staff tallied an MLB-best 23 shutouts, the most by a Cardinals team since the mound was lowered after the 1968 season...Prior to his stint with the Major League club, he served as St. Louis' Minor League pitching coordinator from 2008-2010...In that role, he was tasked with rehabilitating pitchers...Lilliquist made his professional coaching debut in 2002 as pitching coach for the Rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals and held the same role for the 2003 Peoria Chiefs before spending four seasons (2004-2007) with the Single-A Palm Beach Cardinals.
A first round selection (No. 6 overall) by Atlanta in the 1987 Draft, Lilliquist appeared in 262 games across eight Major League seasons with five different clubs...He broke into the big leagues in 1989 as a starter, making 48 starts for Atlanta (1989-90) and San Diego (1990) in his first two Major League seasons...He transitioned to the bullpen during the 1990 season and would go on to work out of the bullpen for the rest of his career... He spent two seasons (1990-91) with San Diego and three with Cleveland (1992-94) before capping his career with Boston (1995) and Cincinnati (1996)...All told, Lilliquist went 25-34 with 17 saves and a 4.13 ERA in 262 Major League games (52 starts).
Derek "Lilly" Lilliquist graduated from Sarasota (FL) High School before going on to have an outstanding collegiate career at the University of Georgia where he went 31-12 with a 3.30 ERA in three seasons for the Bulldogs...In 1987, he led Georgia to the SEC title and a first-ever trip to the NCAA College World Series after being named College Pitcher of the Year by Baseball America ...He has two children, Derek (23) and Alexandra (21).