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Pirates Announce 2017 Minor League Coaching Assignments

Kevin Riggs returns as the hitting coach for Altoona. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Pirates Announce 2017 Minor League Coaching Assignments
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their 2017 minor league coaching staffs on Friday afternoon. They had two managers to replace, with Dean Treanor (Indianapolis) being added to the Miami Marlins Major League staff, and Joey Cora (Altoona) being named the third base coach for the Pirates.

Indianapolis will be led by Andy Barkett, a former player for the Pirates, who served as the minor league hitting coordinator in 2016. He has eight years of managerial experience in the minors. Stan Kyles returns as the pitching coach, while Butch Wynegar returns as the hitting coach.

Altoona's new manager will be Michael Ryan, who managed for Bradenton the last two seasons. Kevin Riggs returns for a third season as the hitting coach and Bryan Hickerson has been added as the pitching coach. Hickerson ...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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