Pirates Prospects

According to reports, the Phillies have interviewed Pittsburgh Pirates pitching maven Jim Benedict for their vacancy at pitching coach.

The interview transpired yesterday.

New manager Ryne Sandberg has his coaching staff all but complete with only pitching coach remaining after the team parted ways with longtime coach Rich Dubee.

Benidict joined the Pirates in 2008 as special assistant to General Manger Neil Huntington and serve(s) as the Pirates' Minor League Pitching Coordinator. Before that, Benidict served as a scout in both the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees organizations.

Benedict has never served as a major league pitching coach, but he's been credited with the development of the Pirates young arms in Gerrit Cole and Justin Wilson coupled with the resurgence of AJ Burnett and Fransisco Liriano.

Ruben Amaro told reporters last week that he had no timetable in hiring a replacement for Dubee.

The Phillies were said to be interested in Reds pitching pitching coach Bryan Price, but he has since been promoted as manager of the team replacing Dusty Baker.

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