Morning Report

Morning Report: Former First Baseman Turns His Season Around on the Mound

Morning Report: Former First Baseman Turns His Season Around on the Mound

When Jared Lakind was taken in the 23rd round in 2010, the Pittsburgh Pirates gave him a $400,000 bonus to sign. He had thrown 90 MPH from the left side in high school, but the Pirates put him at first base. They gave him three years to try to develop at the plate with no success. In 2013, Lakind came back as a reliever and pitched for Jamestown, where he threw 23.2 innings over 17 appearances. The stats were okay when you factor in that he started pitching in the NYPL over the easier task of going to the GCL at first. Lakind showed decent control, issuing nine walks. He also pitched well against left-handed batters, so there were some good points to his first try at pitching.

Lakind is 22 years old now and finishing up his second season on the mound. He began his year in West Virginia ...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Morning Report

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

More in Morning Report

Luis Escobar TW 8316 6

Morning Report: Thoughts on Nick Kingham, Drew Hutchison and Luis Escobar

John DrekerAugust 30, 2016
Cristopher Perez 622 2

Morning Report: Pirates Invite Nine Players to Fall Instructional League

John DrekerAugust 29, 2016
Mitch Keller TW 42716

Morning Report: Just How Good Has Mitch Keller Been This Season?

John DrekerAugust 28, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Morning Report: Two Pirates to Play in September World Baseball Classic Qualifier

John DrekerAugust 27, 2016
Adrian Valerio TW 81416 2

Morning Report: Reasons to Follow Each Affiliate as the Minor League Season Comes to an End

John DrekerAugust 26, 2016
Ike Schlabach TW 81416

Morning Report: A Good Day For Southpaw Prospects

John DrekerAugust 25, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects