Pirates extend contracts of coaching staff

"We are very pleased to maintain the continuity and quality of our Major League Coaching Staff through at least the 2017 season," said Huntington. "This is a group of quality, talented baseball men who make our organization better each day."

Jeff Branson has been the Hitting Coach since 2014 after serving as the Assistant Hitting Coach in 2013.

Brad Fischer joined the Major League coaching staff in 2015.

Dave Jauss has been a Major League coach with the Pirates since 2013 and is serving as the Bench Coach this season.

Nick Leyva is in his second season as the First Base Coach after serving the Pirates as their Third Base Coach for four seasons (2011-2014).

Jeff Livesey has been the Assistant Hitting Coach since 2014.

Euclides Rojas is in his sixth season as Pittsburgh's Bullpen Coach, having joined the staff in 2011.

Ray Searage has been the Pitching Coach since 2011. He served as the Interim Pitching Coach during the 2010 season.

Rick Sofield is in his second season as the Third Base Coach after serving the Pirates as their First Base Coach for two years (2013-2014).

Heberto Andrade is in his 13th season as the club's Bullpen Catcher, having joined the Pirates coaching staff in 2004.