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Pirates Hire Tarrik Brock as First Base Coach


The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Friday afternoon that they have hired Tarrik Brock to be their new first base coach. He will also be the outfield and base running coach for the Pirates.

Brock has spent the past three seasons as the minor league outfield and base running coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers. That was after one season as a first base coach for the San Diego Padres in 2016.

He began his coaching career in 2006 as a minor league hitting coach for the Dodgers. After one season there, he moved to the Marlins, where he served seven seasons as the base running and outfield coach. Brock spent part of the 2010 season as the first base coach for the Marlins. In 2014, he was the first base coach for the Houston Astros. That was followed by one year as their base running and outfield coach. Basically, he has a history at all of the job descriptions he is filling for the Pirates.

Brock was a second round draft pick out of high school in 1991 by the Detroit Tigers. His Major League career consisted of 13 games for the 2000 Chicago Cubs. He was an outfielder who spent 13 seasons in the minors, last playing in 2003.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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