Brett Lorin Video Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right handed pitcher Brett Lorin from the Seattle Mariners in 2009, as part of a five player return for Jack Wilson and Ian Snell.  At the time, the 22 year old Lorin had a 2.44 ERA in 88.2 innings in low-A, with an 8.8 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9 ratio.  He remained in low-A after going to the Pirates, with a 1.57 ERA in 34.1 innings, along with a 7.6 K/9, and a 2.6 BB/9 ratio.  Lorin was injured for most of...

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Jim Callis on Jameson Taillon

Jim Callis had his weekly mailbag at Baseball America today, withtwo questions touching on Jameson Taillon.  Here is a summary of the notes: -Callis rated Taillon #2 on his “Pitching prospects under 21 years of age”, behind only Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves.  No other Pirates’ pitcher made the list (which was a top 15). -Callis also mentioned how Taillon could start the 2011 season in West Virginia, which is...

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Luis Heredia to Start in GCL

Dejan Kovacevic reports that top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia will start his career in the Gulf Coast League in 2011.  That’s a somewhat aggressive approach for the Pirates, having Heredia go to the States without any professional experience. The placement also raises the question as to when Heredia could arrive in the majors.  He is a very talented young pitcher, but he’s only 16 years old and a long way from...

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Pirates Sign Kawika Emsley-Pai

I’ve been meaning to post this minor news for the last few days, but kept putting it on the back burner. The Pirates signed minor league catcher Kawika Emsley-Pai to a minor league deal on Thursday. Emsley-Pai was drafted in the tenth round of the 2010 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but was released in December. He hit for a .167/.265/.200 line in 90 at-bats in short season A-ball. As Colin Dunlap points out, the Arizona...

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