D-backs Deal Rowland to Pirates

D-backs Deal Rowland to Pirates

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced they have traded right-handed pitcher Robby Rowland to the Pittsburgh Pirates and retained the rights to right-handed pitcher Brett Lorin. Lorin was outrighted to Double-A Mobile.

Brett Lorin, who turned 25 today, was selected by the D-backs in the Rule 5 Draft on December. 8, 2011. In eight spring outings, he has gone 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and .194 opponents average with a walk and 7 strikeouts. In 4 seasons in the Pirates' system from 2008-11, he was 18-16 with a 3.03 (115 ER in 341.1 IP) and .232 opponents average with 91 walks and 318 strikeouts.

"We wouldn't have traded for him if we didn't like him. He's a tall kid and he's got pretty lively stuff,"  D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said of the 6-foot-7 right-hander.  "He's had pretty good numbers... He looks like he's deceptive. We've introduced him to a lot of stuff, and I think he's happy to be in our organization."

A former 5th-round draft selection by the Seattle Mariners, Lorin was later traded to the Pirates as part of a package for Ian Snell and Jack Wilson.

Robby Rowland, 20, was the D-backs' third-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, but struggled to find success even in Short-Season ball. In a pair of seasons with the Missoula Osprey, he went 6-13 with a 7.01 ERA and .316 opponents average with 38 walks and 92 strikeouts.  He allowed a whopping 22 homers in 122 innings.

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