Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to stay internal in their search for a new hitting coach. Meanwhile, Travis Sawchik says assistant hitting coach Jeff Branson is a candidate for the position.

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/400256700168818688

https://twitter.com/Sawchik_Trib/status/400257349530566656

Last night we heard that Jay Bell took a position with the Cincinnati Reds as their bench coach, which left the Pirates without a hitting coach for the 2014 season. Branson would make sense, since he was working at the major league level last year. As for the minor league coaches, it's hard to quantify the value of a hitting coach, since you don't know how much of a player's production was due to the player, and how much was due to the coach. Wit...

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