Interview with Jim Benedict: Part One

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...

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Interview with Jeff Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money and high draft picks the last few years on pitching, especially young prep pitchers.  A lot of those prep pitchers are pitching in West Virginia this year, giving West Virginia pitching coach Jeff Johnson one of the most important assignments in the organization.  I spoke with Johnson at the West Virginia media day prior to the start of the 2011 season.  Note that this interview...

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Interview With Neal Huntington: Part One

While I was down in Pirate City last week, I talked with Neal Huntington for about 40 minutes about the Pittsburgh Pirates, the draft, and the international market.  Because the interview was so long, and because I was so crunched for time (editing videos, transcribing other interviews for features, watching games, writing), I didn’t get a chance to transcribe the full interview until now.  For that reason, some of the...

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Six Questions With Maurice Bankston

The Pirates drafted Maurice Bankston in the 8th round of the 2007 draft out of Texarkana Community College. The 6′ 4″ righty signed early enough to get in some innings in the GCL. In 2008 he was a starting pitcher at State College before an injury shut him down in early August. He started the 2009 season with West Virginia and pitched better than the previous season but was sent back to State College once their season...

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Joey Schoenfeld Interview

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted their catcher of the future when they took Tony Sanchez in the first round of the 2009 draft.  However, in the 10th round they selected a catcher out of the prep ranks when they selected Joey Schoenfeld.  Schoenfeld signed for $195,000, which is considered over-slot for a 10th round pick, passing up a commitment to play at San Diego State. Joey is a very athletic catcher with a lot of hitting potential....

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