Benedict is in his second year as the Pirates' Minor League Pitching Coordinator.
Jim Benedict joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in October 2008 as a special assistant to General Manager Neal Huntington, after working as a scout in the Cleveland Indians organization during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, previously working as a scout for six years in the New York Yankees organization, and working as the Minor League Pitching Coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2000) and the Montreal Expos (1994-1998). Benedict was named the Pirates' Minor League Pitching Coordinator in 2010, and carries that role today.
I spoke with Jim in a lengthy interview while I was down in Bradenton last month for Spring Training. I've been wanting to post the interview over the last two weeks, but it took some time to transcribe. Because of the length of the interview, I'm breaking it up in to two parts. Part one will cover the duties of a pitching coordinator, as well as some philosophy questions...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.