PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage joined The Fan Morning Show on Friday to talk about his staff as the Pirates begin a big weekend series against the Dodgers.
During the interview, the guys got Searage’s thoughts on Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates’ talented pitching prospect that many fans- and radio hosts such as Josh Miller- have been hoping to see called up to the majors this season.
“He’s got really good stuff,” Searage said. “I really believe that he needs development. He’s a tall, lean, long-limbed son-of-a-gun. The ball comes out of his hand really nice and easy. Right now, he’s so green a cow wouldn’t eat him, so that’s why they’ve got him in Triple-A. He needs to make sure that he gets his reps in, he gets a little bit of competition different than Double-A, and we’ll go from there, so we’ll see how it happens. This guy is definitely in our future, but he’s got to go through the growing up phase and the learning phase of professional baseball at the different levels.”
The guys also had Searage break down J.A. Happ’s debut performance with the Pirates.
“I saw some really good stuff coming out of his hands,” Searage said. “Just the consistency of it, of being able to get it over the plate, or get it to the spot that he wanted to, that’s where I saw it where [he] had to labor… the only thing I told him, I said let’s see if we can work on your direction going to home plate, because it still looks like you have a little bit of a walk over there, and once that foot gets into the position, you’re going to have to rotate, and then your arm slot is changed consistently with the release point of the pitches, so let’s see if we can just keep the right direction. I’m keeping it simple right now. The guy just got over here… I’ve got to let him breathe.”
The interview can be heard here: