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Jared Lakind’s Journey From a Failed First Baseman to a Prospect Pitching in the WBC

Jared Lakind left Pirates camp today to join Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Jared Lakind’s Journey From a Failed First Baseman to a Prospect Pitching in the WBC
Sean McCool

BRADENTON, Fla. - Yesterday, he was pitching for the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team. Today, armed with a fully charged iPad with Netflix, he is on a plane towards Tokyo to pitch for Team Israel.

"I'm the first Dominican Jew," Jared Lakind joked before leaving LECOM Park on Thursday morning.

Jared Lakind, who received a non-roster invite to Major League camp this year, will be joining Team Israel for the second round of the World Baseball Classic. Israel swept Korea, Chinese Taipei, and the Netherlands in Pool A to advance to Pool E in Tokyo. So far, the Netherlands and Japan have advanced with Israel.

Lakind said that his coaches have been extremely supportive of his participation in the WBC, saying that manager Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Ray Searage were extr...

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Sean McCool

Sean joined Pirates Prospects before the 2015 season began, covering the Altoona Curve. During the day, he is a marketing professional for Penn Highlands Community College in Johnstown, PA. Sean also dabbles with the guitar, emcees weddings, and plays disc golf.

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