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MLB Winter Meetings: Diamondbacks Score Again In Rule 5 Draft; Reportedly Retain Overbay

The Arizona Diamondbacks haven't made the kind of splash their former interim GM Jerry Dipoto made Thursday morning with the signings of Mr. Albert Pujols and Mr. C.J. Wilson. They are reported, however, to be discussing trade options for one or both of the A's young pitchers (Gio Gonzalez and/or Trevor Cahill). The team has also reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1m deal with 1B Lyle Overbay. 

Amid all that, GM Kevin Towers did make one move Thursday by way of the Rule 5 Draft. They D-backs announced they selected right-handed pitcher Brett Lorin Pirates organization.

Here's Lorin's numbers from the press release: 

Lorin, 24, was 7-6 with a 2.84 ERA (37 ER in 117.1 IP) and .230 opponents average (103-for-447) with 19 walks and 99 strikeouts in 25 games (17 starts) for the Single-A Advanced Bradenton Marauders in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

In 17 starts, he went 4-5 with a 3.26 ERA (31 ER in 85.2 IP) and .239 opponents average (79-for-330) with 15 walks and 70 strikeouts. In 8 relief appearances, he went 3-1 with a save, a 1.71 ERA (6 ER in 31.2 IP), a .205 opponents average (24-for-117) with 4 walks and 29 strikeouts.

Over parts of four seasons in the farm systems for the Seattle Mariners and Pirates, Lorin was 18-16 with a save, a 3.03 ERA (115 ER in 341.1 IP) and .232 opponents average (295-for-1272) with 91 walks and 318 strikeouts. 

The D-backs used the Rule 5 Draft last year to acquire LHP Joe Paterson who pitched well for the Snakes out of the pen in 2011. The Rule 5 Draft allows teams to snag players out of other team's minor league systems under circumstances. Here's a scouting report on Lorin from SB Nation's MLB Daily Dish:

2011 Rule 5 Baseball Draft Results and Reports - Minor League Ball
He has a mediocre fastball in the upper-80s, but has a good slider, changes speeds well, and throws strikes. He could be a fifth starter or long reliever.

Lorin was drafted by the Mariners as their fifth-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. He was acquired along with first baseman Jeff Clement, shortstop Ronny Cedeno and pitchers Aaron Pribanic and Nathan Adcock by the Pirates on July 29, 2009 for infielder Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell. He played collegiately at Long Beach State in 2008 and the University of Arizona in 2006-2007.

The D-backs didn't lose any players from their system in the Rule 5 Draft.

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