Mississippi State introduced Wes Johnson as its new pitching coach on Friday.STARKVILLE — The time for Wes Johnson’s introduction changed three times. Mechanical troubles with his Delta flight from Atlanta to Golden Triangle Airport moved from 11:30 a.m. to noon then to 12:45 p.m.At 12:32 p.m., Mississippi State coach John Cohen introduced Johnson as the team’s new pitching coach inside the Leo W. Seal Building on Friday. Johnson, formerly of Dallas Baptist replaces Butch Thompson, who accepted the head coaching position at Auburn last week.Johnson has ties in the Southeast. Prior to his time at Dallas Baptist, Johnson spent three seasons coaching at Central Arkansas and a year at Southern Arkansas UniversityLast year, Johnson guided Dallas Baptist’s pitching staff to a 3.32 team ERA, which tied for 39th in the country. It also struck out 8.3 batters per nine innings, which ranked 32nd. The team’s 1.29 team WHIP was 48th-best and its 2.34 strikeouts per walk were 65th.Johnson has had seven pitchers selected in the top 10 rounds of the MLB amateur draft the past three years. That would tie Vanderbilt for the most in the SEC. In his four seasons, MLB teams selected 14 Dallas Baptist pitchers. Johnson had three named All-Americans.At Central Arkansas, Johnson’s pitching staff set Division I school records in ERA, strikeouts, batting average against, and fewest walks.In 2009, Johnson guided Southern Arkansas’ pitchers to school records in both strikeouts and walks allowed, while posting a 3.49 team ERA, which ranked 10th in the nation. The staff’s 499 strikeouts also set a Gulf South Conference record.Prior to joining the staff at Central Arkansas, Johnson spent four seasons as the head coach of Abundant Life High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. During that stint Johnson guided the Owls to a 102-25 record. In his final two seasons, he led the team to two straight state championship appearances, which resulted in a state championship in 2006 and a runner-up finish in 2007.Contact Michael Bonner at [email protected] Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.