The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Robby Rowland in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brett Lorin, who was selected by Arizona off Pittsburgh’s Indianapolis
roster in the Major League phase of the Rule Five Draft on December 8, 2011. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.
Rowland was originally selected by the Diamondbacks in the third round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Cloverdale (CA) High School, where he went 7-1 with a 0.32 ERA and 117 strikeouts as a senior. He made his professional debut with Rookie-level Missoula in 2010 and posted a 4-6 record and 5.67 ERA in 14 starts. Following the season, Rowland was ranked by Baseball America as the 16th-best prospect in the Pioneer League and 21st-best prospect in the Diamondbacks system. Last year Rowland spent the entire season with Missoula, where he went 2-7 with an 8.07 ERA
and 52 strikeouts in 14 starts.
Rowland is the son of former big league catcher Rich Rowland, who spent parts of six seasons in the big leagues with Detroit (1990-93) and Boston (1994-95).