The Pirates acquired Robby Rowland from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Brett Lorin.
Robby Rowland's first two professional seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks weren't what the he expected from himself. The 20-year-old, who was drafted in the third round of 2010 out of Cloverdale, California High, was committed to the University of Oregon, but chose to sign with Arizona instead.
Rowland posted a 5.67 ERA in 2010, and an 8.07 ERA in the following season over 14 starts, and knew he needed a change. Over this offseason, Rowland dropped his arm slot to a three-quarters release and began the process of reinventing himself.
"I’ve put in a lot of work last year and into the offseason," Rowland said. " I kind of reinvented myself. Just being a sinker ball, ground ball pitcher now is a lot different to what I’m used to. Each outing, just trying to learn something from it. Just trying to get with people that kind of made the same adjustment in their career and trying to get s...