Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/4/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Brett Lorin had pitched just 10 innings in relief in college ball going in to the 2008 season with Arizona. He transfered to Long Beach State, where he received more playing time, and put up a 2.61 ERA. That was enough for the Seattle Mariners to take him in the 5th round of the 2008 MLB draft, giving him a $170 K signing bonus.

Lorin signed quickly, allowing him to put up a 3.96 ERA and a 61:25 K/BB ratio in 52 innings pitched between short season and A ball with Seattle. Coming in to the season he was rated their 28th best prospect, with a hard breaking ball, and a fastball that ranges 88-92 MPH, and tops out at 94.

This season Lorin raised his stock with a 2.44 ERA and a 87:25 K/BB ratio in 88.2 innings pitched with Seattle’s A-ball team. That was enough to draw the attention of the Pirates, who received Lorin in the Jack Wilson and Ian Snell trade. Lorin hasn’t disappointed since the trade. In 34.1 innings in A-ball with West Virginia, Lorin has a 1.57 ERA and a 29:10 K/BB ratio.

Lorin is 22 years old, and a very projectable reliever, at 6’7″, 245 pounds. Baseball America rated him as a future back of the rotation starter, or power reliever. Lorin will be one to watch next year, as he has impressed in his limited time in pro ball so far, and hopefully will continue as he advances in the Pirates’ system.

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.


The Result: Indianapolis lost 4-2 to Louisville in 16 innings.

-Jose Tabata went 0 for 7.

-Argenis Diaz went 2 for 6.

Other Game Notes: Brian Bixler went 2 for 7. Jeff Sues pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out two.


The Result: Altoona lost 7-2 to Binghamton.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 5.

-Tim Alderson pitched five innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits, with three walks and no strikeouts.

Other Game Notes: Brian Friday went 4 for 4. Shelby Ford went 2 for 5.


The Result: Lynchburg lost 3-2 to Salem.

-Chase d’Arnaud went 0 for 2 with a walk.

-Bryan Morris pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on ten hits, with two walks and a strikeout.

Other Game Notes: Matt Hague went 1 for 3. Lynchburg combined for four hits in the game.


The Result: West Virginia won 2-1.

-Robbie Grossman went 2 for 4 with a run.

-Brett Lorin pitched five shutout innings, allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out six.

-Tony Sanchez did not play.

-Starling Marte did not play.

Other Game Notes: Duke Welker pitched two innings, allowing one run on one hit, with a walk and a strikeout. Alan Knotts pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out four. Knotts has pitched five innings with West Virginia since being promoted from State College, allowing no runs on one hit, with five strikeouts and no walks. At State College he pitched 30.2 innings with a 4.70 ERA, but a 25:11 K/BB ratio.


The Result: State College lost 4-1 to Williamsport.

Game Notes: Victor Black pitched three innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits, with a walk and three strikeouts. Tyler Cox pitched three innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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