By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have re-signed reliever Jared Lakind, this according to Baseball America. He was eligible for minor league free agency this offseason.
Lakind has been one of the more interesting players in the Pirates system. He was originally selected as a first baseman by the Bucs in the 23rd round of the 2010 MLB Draft. After struggling as a hitter, he decided to convert to pitcher following the 2012 season.
The conversion to the mound has been a success to this point for Lakind. The 24-year-old lefty did outstanding work in 47 appearances this year for the Altoona Curve, posting a 2.59 ERA along with a WHIP of 1.18 and a .216 batting average against. He was one of four Curve players named to the Eastern League All-Star Game. Lakind should begin next season with Indianapolis, and could join the Pirates, perhaps as a September call up.