The Pittsburgh Pirates have entered the holiday season with many changes to their AAA coaching staff for the 2022 season.
On Thursday, Eric Munson, 44, was hired to shape the Bucs Bats in Indianapolis.
The Pirates have hired Eric Munson as Indy’s batting coach. Munson has played games for nine MLB seasons and led a baseball academy for the past 8 years.
Jon Nunnally, who was the AAA batting coach last year, will remain with the organization in a new role, according to the source.
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Munson, a nine-year MLB veteran spanning 2000-09, was the third overall pick in the 1999 Draft by the Detroit Tigers.
He opened Gold Standard Athletics in 2013 to help the next generation of Midwestern baseball players improve their game.
Munson replaces Jon Nunnally, once considered an internal candidate for the MLB gig, who will always stay with the Pirates in another capacity.
Indy is reorganized with an entirely new squad, parting ways with manager Brian Esposito and former Pittsburgh closest, Joel Hanrahan.
Hanrahan is arguably the most surprising coaching movement in recent months, rising through the ranks but not receiving the call from the big leagues a second time around.
Dan Meyer, formerly of Atlanta Braves, will replace Hanrahan as pitching coach.
Meyer and Munson will be viewed with somewhat high expectations as the Pirates’ top prospects on both ends of the scale, paving the way for Quinn Priester, Roansy Contreras, Oneil Cruz, Nick Gonzales, Liover Peguero and others during the course. the next few seasons.
MILB deals have been the spread of every baseball headline over the past few weeks due to the foreclosure, with no end in sight currently.
Finalizing the Minor League coaching staff and building depth across the organization will be critical as perspectives evolve and develop in the organization and is another way to assess Ben Cherington in his third. season.