The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their 2018 minor league coaching staffs, which have a few major changes from last year. Indianapolis manager Andy Barkett and Altoona hitting coach Kevin Riggs both left for jobs with other organizations, which led to some shuffling among the returning coaches.
Indianapolis will be managed by Brian Esposito, who has split the last four seasons between West Virginia and Morgantown/Jamestown. The new hitting coach is Ryan Long, who was with West Virginia last year. Stan Kyles returns as the pitching coach.
Altoona keeps manager Michael Ryan and pitching coach Brian Hickerson. Riggs has been replaced by Keoni De Renne, who moves up from Bradenton.
Bradenton now has Butch Wynegar as the hitting coach. He was with Indianapolis prior to this season. Gera...
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