Tom Prince is in his first season as Pittsburgh's Bench Coach, having been named to the position on October 29. This marks Prince's first stint as a Major League coach and his 34th year in professional baseball - his 24th in the Pittsburgh organization. Prince spent the 2016 season as the Pirates Minor League Field Coordinator after managing the Altoona Curve to a 74-68 record and a post-season appearance in 2015 - his 11th season as a minor league manager. In 2014, Tom guided Bradenton to a second-half division title and an overall record of 78-61 while being recognized as one of the top managers in the Florida State League. Prior to spending 2013 as the organization's Coordinator of Instruction, Prince spent six years managing the Gulf Coast League Pirates. He captured the GCL Championship in 2012 - the first for the GCL Pirates since joining the league in 1968. Prince was named the Gulf Coast League Manager-of-the-Year in 2008 after guiding his club to a league-best 37-18 record and a first-place finish in the South Division. He also served as Williamsport's skipper for two years (2005-2006). Tom began the 2004 season as a coach with Williamsport and finished the campaign as the manager at Lynchburg; he guided the Hillcats to a 19-40 record from July 5 thru the end of the season. In his 11 seasons as a minor league manager, Prince has compiled a 434-407 (.516) record while advancing to the postseason six times. Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the secondary phase of the 1984 June draft, Prince made his Major League debut with the Pirates on 9/22/87. He homered off New York's Bob Ojeda for his first big league hit on 9/27/87 at Shea Stadium. Tom played parts of 17 seasons in the Major Leagues with Pittsburgh (1987-1993), Los Angeles-NL (1994-1998), Philadelphia (1999-2000), Minnesota (2001-2003) and Kansas City (2003). He missed most of the 1999 season due to torn ligaments in his left wrist. In addition to his 478 career games as a catcher in the big leagues, Prince made one appearance at first base on 10/6/91 while playing with the Pirates and one appearance at third base on 5/1/92 while also playing under Manager Jim Leyland and the Bucs. In 519 career big league games, Prince compiled a .208 batting average (248-for-1190), 24 home runs and 140 RBI. He retired as a player in 2003 after going 8-for-40 (.200) with two homers and six RBI in 24 games with the Twins and 2-for-8 in eight games with the Royals. Prince appeared in one game with the Twins during the 2002 A.L. Division Series against Oakland and in one game during the A.L.C.S. that season against Anaheim.
PERSONAL: Thomas Albert Prince...Wife's name is Gail...Has two children; son John (7/13/92) and daughter Shannon (7/7/96)...Is a 1982 graduate of Bradley-Bourbonnais High School in Bradley, IL...Also attended Kankakee (IL) Community College...Received the Chuck Tanner Award in spring training 2012, an award presented since 2011 to the Minor League staff member who best exemplifies Tanner's optimism, work ethic and leadership.