08 December 2011
The Diamondbacks selected 24 year old RHP Brett Lorin with the 25th pick in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft, from the Pirates organization. Lorin is a big righthander (6-7, 245) who pitches on a downhill plane. Despite his size, he is not a very hard thrower, usually averaging around 90-91 mph on his fastball, and occasionally getting up to around 94. Lorin has excellent command with his sinker/slider, gets a lot of ground balls, and does a great job of keeping the ball in the park (26 HR in 341 career minor league IP). Lorin pitched for Bradenton in the Florida State League (High Class A) in 2011, primarily as a starter.
Brett Lorin (24) - 7-6, 2.84 ERA, 117.1 IP, 7.6K/9, 1.5 BB/9, 0.5 HR/9, 17 Games Started
Lorin is a Southern California native, pitching for Dana Hills HS and then attending Long Beach State. He was drafted in the 5th Round by the Mariners, and then was traded to the Pirates in mid-2009 as part of the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell for Ronny Cedeno/Jack Clement trade. His career was delayed by hip surgery in 2010, forcing him to restart his career back in Rookie Ball and Low Class A. He came back healthy in 2011, and showed excellent control, with a 5.21 K/BB ratio. Some scouts felt that he may have been too advanced for that league.
Lorin was slated for AA in 2012, so the Majors would be a big jump for him. If he sticks with the Diamondbacks, he would almost certainly be a reliever. But while his command and control are very good, there are questions about whether his stuff is good enough for the Majors. The team may be hoping that he will add a few mph to his fastball by pitching in relief. Long term, most scouts feel that he profiles as a 4th starter. GM Kevin Towers was quoted as saying "There's upside. The numbers were very impressive. We're excited to have him." At the same time, there are reports that the Pirates hope to get Lorin back, since it will be tough for him to make the Diamondbacks' roster.