Interview with Jim Benedict: Part Two

Yesterday I posted the first part of my interview with Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Pitching Coordinator Jim Benedict.  Part one focused on his job duties as a pitching coordinator, as well as some of the philosophies in the Pirates’ system.  Part two will focus more on individual players.  As I mentioned in part one, this interview was conducted near the end of Spring Training, so some parts of the questions and answers will...

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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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Jameson Taillon Prepares For His Pro Debut

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected right handed pitcher Jameson Taillon in 2010 with the second overall pick in the draft.  All off-season, Taillon has ranked at the top of prospect lists, both as the consensus top prospect in the Pittsburgh organization, and as one of the top prospects in all of baseball.  There is a good reason for those rankings.  At the age of 18, Taillon can throw in the upper 90s, with good command of his fastball,...

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