The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired four professional scouts, per a team press release. The scouts are Ricky Bennett, Carlos Berroa, Ron Hopkins, and John Kosciak.
Bennett spent the last eight years with the Houston Astros, including the last two years as their Director of Professional Scouting. Prior to that he was with Detroit for eight years, including three years as the Director of Minor League Operations.
Berroa spent 15 years with the Miami Marlins working at the amateur scouting level, and serving as the Director of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy.
Hopkins was a national crosschecker with the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 and has over 30 years of scouting experience. He was the Director of Scouting with the Texas Rangers from 2004-2009 and was named a Special Assistant to General Manager Jon Daniels in October 2009. He's also spent time with Kansas City, Seattle, the New York Mets, and eight years with Oakland.
Kosciak has been scouting at the amateur level for almost 30...
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