BRETT LORIN
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: March 31, 1987
Height: 6′ 7″
Weight: 245
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 5th Round, 162nd Overall, 2008
How Acquired: Trade (for Jack Wilson/Ian Snell)
College: Long Beach State
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

The Pirates acquired Lorin, RHPs Aaron Pribanic and Nathan Adcock, C/1B Jeff Clement and SS Ronny Cedeno from Seattle for SS Jack Wilson and RHP Ian Snell.  Lorin originally went to the University of Arizona, where he pitched only ten innings as a freshman.  He transferred to Long Beach State and redshirted a year before joining the rotation in his junior year, so he hadn’t pitched very much before being drafted.  Baseball America rated him Seattle’s 28th best prospect, one spot behind Pribanic, and the two made up 40% of the Mariners’ low A rotation in 2009.  His best pitch is a curve and he has a developing changeup.  His fastball at the time of the trade was either 88-92 or 90-93, depending on what source you credited.  Since he joined the Pirates’ organization, he’s consistently thrown in the 90-91 range.  He’s a mild flyball pitcher.

2008
A-:  1-0-0, 2.82 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 22.1 IP, 3.6 BB/9, 11.7 K/9
A:  0-2-0, 4.80 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 30 IP, 4.8 BB/9, 9.6 K/9 

After signing, Lorin made five starts in short season ball and pitched very well.  He moved up to low A for the remainder of the season and had some control problems, but he still fanned more than a batter per inning.

2009
A (Sea):  5-4-0, 2.44 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 88.2 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 8.8 K/9
A (Pgh):  3-1-0, 1.57 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 34.1 IP, 2.6 BB/9, 7.6 K/9

Back in low A before the trade, Lorin pitched very well, allowing very few baserunners and striking out just under a batter an inning.  He continued to pitch well after trade, although he gave up more hits (.264 opponents’ BA, compared to .192 with Seattle) and didn’t strike out as many.  In seven starts for the Power, he allowed two earned runs once, one four times, and none twice.

2010
R;  0-0-0, 1.29 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, 7 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 12.9 K/9
A:  2-3-0, 5.18 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 41.2 IP, 1.9 BB/9, 6.9 K/9 

Lorin missed the opening of the 2010 season due to a hip injury.  He didn’t return until mid-season, then went to West Virginia after rehabbing in the GCL.  He pitched well occasionally after returning but got hit hard a lot; opponents hit .298 against him.  His control was still very good, but his K rate dropped.  He only averaged about four innings a start, so it’s likely that he was recovering slowly from the hip problem.

2011
A+:  7-6-1, 2.84 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 117.1 IP, 1.5 BB/9, 7.6 K/9 

Lorin tweaked a hamstring in camp and missed the beginning of the season, but joined Bradenton in early April.  After a shaky start–he had a 4.29 ERA in April–he dominated for much of the season.  In May, June and July, he had an ERA of 2.12, opponents’ average of .199, and K/9 of 8.3.  He seemed to run out of gas a little in August, which isn’t surprising because he was close to triple his innings total of the previous year.

It was a little surprising the Pirates didn’t promote Lorin to AA in 2011, but they may have wanted him to pitch in the FSL playoffs.  He’s eligible for the Rule 5 draft and was not added to the 40-man roster.  He’ll open the 2012 season at age 25 without having pitched above class A, a factor that, combined with his injury history, may deter other teams from selecting him.  The Pirates haven’t pushed him aggressively, but I don’t know whether that’s because of inexperience and health issues, or because they’re not that impressed with his stuff.  Even though it’s not overwhelming, he’s consistently gotten good results with it when he’s been healthy, possibly because his size gives him a good angle on the hitter.  If he’s still with the organization, he should be at Altoona.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2012: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $170,000
MiLB Debut: 6/19/2008
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2014
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2011
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 6, 2008: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 5th round, 162nd overall pick; signed on June 12.
July 29, 2009: Acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Seattle Mariners along with Jeff Clement, Ronny Cedeno, Aaron Pribanic, and Nathan Adcock in exchange for Jack Wilson, Ian Snell, and cash.