D’Backs Retain Brett Lorin In Trade With Pirates

The Diamondbacks will retain Rule 5 Draft pick Brett Lorin after acquiring his rights from the Pirates for Robby Rowland, the team announced (on Twitter). Lorin has been outrighted off Arizona's 40-man roster.

Lorin, 25, has allowed three runs in nine innings this spring. He pitched to a 2.84 ERA in 117 1/3 innings for Pittsburgh's Single-A affiliate last season, striking out 7.6 batters per nine while walking 1.5 per nine. The D'Backs would have had to place Lorin on waivers and offer him back to the Pirates had he not remained on their 25-man active roster all season.

Rowland, 20, was Arizona's third round pick in 2010. He owns a 7.01 ERA with 6.8 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 122 low-level minor league innings in his brief career. Baseball America ranked Lorin as the D'Backs' 28th best prospect in their 2012 Prospect Handbook, but Rowland did not make the cut. Both pitchers are right-handed.

12 Responses to D’Backs Retain Brett Lorin In Trade With Pirates Leave a Reply

  1. I’m surprised he didn’t make the team. I guess this increases Zagurski and Lewis’s chances

    • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 3 years ago

      I thought their bullpen was pretty much set? Did someone get hurt?

      Putz, Hernandez, Saito, Ziegler, Patterson, Breslow, Cook (or is it Shaw? One was traded to Oakland, and the other is in the pen).

      • James Attwood 3 years ago

        It is set. That’s why the Dbacks will be looking to trade Zagurski and were forced to trade for Lorin so that they could put him in the minors.

        If anyone in the pen is going to miss any significant time though, don’t be surprised to see him again.

        • Breslow’s been terrible this spring as has Shaw. Shaw can be sent down where Zagurski can’t. 

      • It’s Shaw, Cook was a part of the Cahill deal. The pen was supposed to be set in stone, but Ziegler and Breslow have really struggled this spring.

      •  Saito was put on the 15 day DL for a calf strain.  Miley will take his place.

  2. kwiell 3 years ago

    Brett Lorin: henceforth known as the guy who gave up an inside the park homerun to aj pierzynski.

  3. Matt 3 years ago

    Good move. Provides a potential long man should they need one.

  4. James Attwood 3 years ago

    Breslow will make the squad regardless of his spring. He has had too much MLB success to simply evaluate him based on a bad spring. Shaw may get sent down, but not for long. I’d still be “sort of” surprised if he did just so Zagurski can make the team since the Dbacks already have LHPs in Breslow and Patterson.

    **stupid Disqus – this was supposed to be in response to rfffr**

  5. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    This was a great move for the Pirates.  The acquired a 3rd rounded with a high ERA at the rookie level for a pitcher that they unrecognized as being capable of pitching at the major league level.  

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