By Jason Shetler
According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the Miami Marlins have hired Jim Benedict to be their new Vice President of pitching. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com was the first to report that the Marlins were close to hiring him.
Benedict joined the Pirates back in 2008 to serve as the special assistant to general manager Neal Huntington. He was much involved in the advanced scouting, but his most recognized label was being the Pirates pitching guru alongside pitching coach Ray Searage. Benedict was known best for taking on reclamation projects. His first project was Charlie Morton, who he helped turn into a very serviceable groundball pitcher. Other notable pitchers who he turned around were A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano, Mark Melancon, Edinson Volquez, Vance Worley and J.A. Happ. Benedict was also instrumental in the development of Gerrit Cole. The loss of Benedict is certainly a big one to the organization.