Ray Searage tinkers with Ryan Vogelsong, Juan Nicasio

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Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage has garnered quite the reputation after helping turn around the careers of Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, and J.A. Happ, among others. This past offseason, the Pirates signed Ryan Vogelsong and Juan Nicasio, giving Searage two more projects.

The tutelage is under way. As Dan Zangrilli of CBS Pittsburgh reports, Searage has advised Vogelsong to use his two-seam fastball more often and to pitch inside at a higher frequency. For Nicasio, it was simply about keeping his fastball low in the strike zone. Obviously, we’ll have to wait until the regular season to see if Searage’s advice turns out to have been correct.

Searage, 60, is entering the final year of his contract with the Pirates. He said last month that he would “love to retire as a Pirate”.