"Coming up through the system and being the No. 1 pick and no one really stepping up because no one wants to mess you up," said Van Benschoten, who was the team's first-round selection in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft. "They have a big organization and they need to take care of other people, so I think being almost left alone has just come to a head this year with a crash course here."
That's just horrible. What a spineless bunch of coaches the Pirates must have (or have had). What business do the Pirates have denying pitching instruction to a guy who's a converted first baseman? Maybe Van Benschoten is just making excuses here. I sure hope so.