The Pirates will employ Oscar Marin as pitching coach, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Marin will take over for the much-ballyhooed Ray Searage, whom the Pirates parted with following last year, and will definitely be an integral hire for newcomer manager Derek Shelton.
Still only 37 years old, Marin just has one period of big league coaching experience under his belt. This arrived in 2019, when he served as the Rangers’ bullpen coach. Earlier that, Marin was the Mariners’ minor league pitching coordinator for 2 decades (2017-18) plus also a longtime assistant at the minors for the Rangers, with whom he originally worked out 2010-16.
Currently in his first stint as a major league pitching coach, Marin will oversee a team which fought in 2019. Regrettably for Marin, the Pirates’ set of pitchers does not seem to be in good shape going into 2020. That could be even more true in the event the group — headed by new general manager Ben Cherington — elects to exchange right-hander Chris Archer.