We spent a lot of time last season trying to determine what sort of effect Joe Kerrigan had on the Pirates' pitching staff in his first season on the job. A lot of that focused on Ross Ohlendorf, who Kerrigan worked with a lot in spring training, and how the velocity on his fastball changed during the season.

This year his big project is likely going to be Kevin Hart, who's already been tabbed by the coaching staff as a early favorite for the fifth starter role, despite his rough finish with the Pirates in 2009. One reason for that is that Kerrigan's already been working with Hart extensively; he told a Bradenton paper today that Hart's mechanics were a mess when he came to the Pirates from the Cubs. According to Kerrigan his release point was all over the place, varying between the...

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