With the news on Wednesday that Hayden Hurst has retired, I thought it would be a good time to look at the recent history of the Pittsburgh Pirates and their attempts to switch pitchers to hitters and vice versa. It has actually been tried a bunch of times recently and three of the players are still in the system.

The recent list of players to go from a position player to the mound includes Yhonathan Barrios, Kirk Singer, Luis Urena, Gavi Nivar and Jared Lakind. The two pitchers that switched over to hitters are Hayden Hurst and Stetson Allie. In each case, it was a player struggling at their original position, before making the switch as an effort to get some value from the player. Five of the players(all but Singer and Nivar) got large bonuses to sign.

Allie is obviously the bigges...

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