By Jason Shetler
According to Sean McCool of Pirates Prospects, the Pirates have released pitcher Jared Lakind from the organization.
Lakind was drafted as a 23rd round pick by the Pirates in 2010 as a first baseman. After some major struggles at the plate, he decided to make the conversion to the mound before the 2013 season.
2016 was Lakind’s best season as a pitcher, posting a 2.59 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 47 relief appearances for the Altoona Curve. The Pirates re-signed Lakind this past offseason, as he was eligible to become a minor league free agent. He was one of six players to represent the Pirates in this year’s World Baseball Classic, pitching for Team Israel. Lakind returned to Altoona this season, and the results weren’t kind, if you will, with an ERA of 6.81, while opponents hit .322 against him in 22 appearances.