The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right handed pitcher Brett Lorin from the Seattle Mariners in 2009, as part of a five player return for Jack Wilson and Ian Snell. At the time, the 22 year old Lorin had a 2.44 ERA in 88.2 innings in low-A, with an 8.8 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9 ratio. He remained in low-A after going to the Pirates, with a 1.57 ERA in 34.1 innings, along with a 7.6 K/9, and a 2.6 BB/9 ratio. Lorin was injured for most of the 2010 season, and returned to low-A for 41.2 innings at the end of the year, mostly working with his fastball. He combined for a 5.18 ERA in 41.2 innings, with a 6.9 K/9 and a 1.9 BB/9 ratio.
For more about Lorin, and all of the prospects in the farm system, check out the Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide.
I saw Lorin pitch in September against the Hagerstown Suns, which was the final game of the season for West Virginia. Lorin pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk and striking out two. He was going up against Sammy Solis, the first pick in the 2010 second round, taken one spot before Stetson Allie. Below is video from the game, with Lorin going up against top Washington Nationals prospects Eury Perez, Rick Hague, and J.P. Ramirez.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.