More minor changes to the coaching staff

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made numerous changes to their coaching staff throughout the organization. Even with the lockout, the team continues to make changes.

Over the past month, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the rest of Major League Baseball have had to operate in unusual ways. With the lockdown in place and no end in sight, teams across the league have shifted their focus to other parts of the Organization. This includes the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league affiliates.

This week, the team signed a few new minor league coaches for the 2022 season. According to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette, the Bucs are hiring Callix Crabbe and Chad Noble. Both rookies received positive reviews.

Noble, a former minor league catcher, will take over as the team’s catcher coordinator. This move makes a lot of sense. John Boulanger, the Pittsburgh Pirates director of player and coaching development came from the Cubs and worked with Noble. Many fans were thrilled to have Baker brought in last year, so the fact that Noble has a connection to him is probably a good thing.

Noble is still a 33-year-old, which makes him a younger manager, but he is also seen as an up-and-coming manager. Noble has spent the past eight years as a catcher in the Chicago Cubs bullpen. The Cubs were also the team with which he spent 8 years in the minors, in addition to being drafted by them.

Crabbe is another 10-year former minor league player. Playing with the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres (where he played in all 21 major league games for his career) and Seattle Mariners affiliates. He has spent the past two seasons as an assistant hitting coach for the Texas Rangers. The 38-year-old will now take over as manager of Greensboro.

There has been a reshuffle within the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Not necessarily in the wrong way, although losing Joel Hanrahan could be. Regardless, the team seemed to take a patient approach when looking to fulfill these important coaching roles. It looks like they made some good recruits.