Meet the SeaWolves: Starting pitchers

   April 4, 2013 11:49 am    0

 

Patrick Cooper is the only starting pitcher back from last year’s Erie SeaWolves. Erie has a revamped rotation this season in hopes of improving on last year’s 4.71 ERA as a staff. Here is a look at all five starters:

Kyle Lobstein, 6-3, 200, Bats: Left, Throws: Left – Lobstein was drated by the Tampa Bay Rays in the second round of the 2008 draft and spent four seasons in the Rays’ minor league system. He was selected by the New York Mets in the Rule 5 Draft in December and immediately flipped to the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations. The Tigers eventually sent Curt Casali to Tampa Bay to complete the transaction. Lobstein isn’t overpowering but is solid in pitching to contact. He gets plenty of groundballs and went 8-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 144 innings last season with Montgomery, the Double-A affiliate of the Rays.

Derek Hankins, 6-4, 195, Bats: Right, Throws: Right – Hankins signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers in the offseason. He was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round of the 2004 draft. He will start in Erie after starting and coming in relief for Round Rock last season. Hankins started 10 games and appeared in 25 games in relief. He finished the season 6-7 with a 4.99 ERA.

Patrick Cooper, 6-3, 204, Bats: Right, Throws: Right – Cooper was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 14th round of the 2010 draft. He was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009 but did not sign. Cooper went 3-10 with a 5.10 ERA in 23 appearances with Erie last season.

Warwick Saupold, 6-1, 195, Bats: Right, Throws: Right – The Australian native came to the United States last year after signing with the Detroit Tigers. He spent two seasons pitching for the Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League before signing with the Tigers last year. Saupold went 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA in Lakeland last season after starting in West Michigan. He finished the 2012 season 4-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 89 innings.

Victor Larez, 6-3, 160, Bats: Right, Throws: Right – Larez, a Venezuela native, is getting a shot at the Double-A level. After signing with the Detroit Tigers in December of 2005, Larez has slowly moved through the lower levels of the minor league system. He went 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA in 35 relief appearances in Lakeland last season and will be the No. 5 starter in Erie this year.

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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