When the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Jack Wilson and Ian Snell to the Seattle Mariners in 2009, they paid the remainder of Wilson and Snell's 2009 salaries in order to get a better return. The return came in two parts. There was the part that was close to the majors, with Jeff Clement and Ronny Cedeno. This part obviously got more attention, as Clement and Cedeno were almost immediately thrown in to the major league mix. The real value of the trade came with the three pitchers the Pirates got from the lower levels: Brett Lorin, Nathan Adcock, and Aaron Pribanic.
At the time of the trade, Lorin looked like the best of the trio of pitches. He had a huge 6' 7, 245 frame, and used it, with an 88-92 MPH fastball that topped out at 94. He also had so...
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