RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
||Born: September 14, 1984
Drafted: 50th Round, 1441st Overall, 2007
How Acquired: Signed as a free agent
College: Villanova University
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|The Pirates signed Loree in late August out of the independent Atlantic League, which he was leading at the time in wins, ERA and strikeouts. As often happens late in the season, they were running short of pitchers at the upper levels due to injuries and promotions, although he was pitching well enough that they may see him as having some potential. Despite his size, he’s mainly a finesse pitcher. With the Giants he threw in the upper 80s, but pitching in relief for Altoona he was throwing 89-91, while mixing in a slider and a 12-6 curve. He’s been a flyball pitcher so far.
NOTE: MiLB.com and Baseball Reference (which probably got the information from MiLB.com) list Loree’s year of birth as 1986. The Villanova and Atlantic League web sites list it as 1984. The latter is more believable. According to the Villanova site, Loree pitched for the University as a senior in the 2006 season. If he was born in September 1986, he would have finished his senior year at age 19.
Loree had a brief debut in rookie ball, where he was a bit old. He fanned 20 while walking only one in 16 innings.
Still just in short season ball, Loree posted a low ERA and a .211 opponents’ average in 15 starts. He walked just seven and fanned 75 in 81 innings.
Finally in low A, Loree got hit much harder, with opponents batting .279 against him. His K rate dropped a lot.
The Giants released Loree at the end of spring training and he went to Newark of the Atlantic League. He struggled there, with a high ERA resulting from a lot of hits and 21 HRs allowed.
Loree returned to the Atlantic League, with Long Island, and was the league’s top pitcher. After signing with the Pirates he went to Altoona. He pitched well in four relief outings.
The Pirates evidently liked what they saw with Loree in indy ball in 2011, as he seems to have turned things around. They’ll retain his rights for several more years. It’ll be interesting to see whether he can build on his strong AA debut. He opened 2012 in extended spring training, but seems most likely to return to Altoona at some point.
|2011 Atlantic League Stats
|2012: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2007
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2014
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 8, 2007: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 50th round, 1441st overall.
March 31, 2010: Released by the San Francisco Giants.
August 24, 2011: Signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.