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 ...

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