Interview with Robby Rowland: Discussing the Trade from the Diamondbacks to the Pirates

Tuesday April 3rd, 2012

Jonathan Hacohen:  We welcome back to MLB reports one of our most famous almuni, Robby Rowland.  Robby interviewed with us on December 1, 2011 and also appeared as a Guest MLB Blogger on February 6, 2012 and December 31, 2011 in his blog that we call “Robby’s World”.  RobbyRow is back on MLB reports…and he has some major news to discuss. As you are aware, RobbyRow was traded this past weekend to the Diamondbacks in exchange for pitcher Brett Lorin.  Originally taken by the Dbacks in the Rule 5 Draft, the team was able to keep Lorin’s rights by completing this trade. RobbyRow was a 3rd round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2010. Now, after 2 seasons in the Dbacks organization, he is off to a new team and a fresh start in Pittsburgh.

Trades are a way of life in baseball. It’s the reality of a sport that is first and foremost a business. While difficult to be leaving the only team that he has ever known, Robby Rowland has taken the trade in stride. While he is grateful to Arizona for everything that they have done for his career, he is exciting to be joining the Pirates and competing for a rotation spot one day. It takes a very mature player to recognize the nature of a trade and the opportunities that can arise as a result, especially at such a young age. The Pirates are very lucky to have obtained this pitching prospect, as he will quickly become a fan favorite!

I caught up with RobbyRow as soon as the trade was announced. He was digesting news of the trade and preparing to join the Pirates. But being the gentleman that he is…RobbyRow still fit us into his hectic schedule. We discussed the trade, from the moment that he got to news to his future plans. Robby was extremely generous with his time in discussing the move and his thoughts. So let’s jump right into it!

Today exclusively on MLB reports, we are proud to present the newest member of the Pittsburgh Pirates and addition to their pitching prospect arsenal, Robby Rowland:

Mr. Rowland.  Welcome back to the Reports.  You are now an official member of the MLB reports Alumni club. Two guest blogs and now your second interview.  This must be a very special moment for you!

Oh yeah…you can me the salty vet of the MLB reports…haha…but seriously, thank you for having me on once again.


Now in all seriousness. You know why we’re here- time to talk about the big move! Let’s go step-by-step. Firstly, walk us through your day yesterday before you got the call. What did you do from the moment you woke up until you got “the call”? 

Well it was the last day in camp before everyone broke off to their affiliates. I, unfortunately, was staying back in extended so we had an extended meeting with coaches and coordinators just talking about what it will be like and what not. It was going to be my second straight year in extended- so I guess you can say I was a little upset… but tried to stay as positive as possible. When I got home from the meeting, I was going to take a nap before the UK game. Then my phone rang. I noticed it was from our farm director so the first thing I think is I’m getting the call to go to a full season (big grin). He ends up telling me I was traded to the Pirates. I think I blacked out because I don’t really remember what else he said. I just waited for the Pirates to call me and give me some info on what I needed to do. The guy finally called me and told me I could drive. So I packed up all my stuff, ordered my dad a plane ticket and the rest is history.


Where were you exactly when the phone rang? What time was it? Who called you? 

In my apartment just resting. I think it was around 2:00pm. Mike Bell, our farm director.


Did you ever have the feeling at any point that someone might be paying an April Fool’s Joke on you?

(BIG laugh) No! Actually, that never even came into my head. That would have been brutal though.


What went through your mind during the call? What did you say- what were you feeling? 

Right when he said I was traded my heart kind of dropped and a million different thoughts raced through head. I can’t really remember what I said, but I remember feeling a little disappointed that the DBacks let me go. But it’s a business and I completely understand.


What has been your life been like since the trade announcement?

Actually pretty exciting… Been introduced via twitter to a lot of awesome Pirates fans and reporters. Other than that, just a lot of driving.


For those that are not aware, the Dbacks traded you to the Pirates for Brett Lorin.  Brett was a Rule-5 pick that now the Dbacks get to retain in their system and are not forced to keep on their roster all season.  Have you met Brett? You will now always be connected to him in MLB trivia history.

(Laughs) No- I have never gotten the opportunity to meet him. I did get to see him pitch on TV and he’s got some really good stuff.


Drafted by the Dbacks in 2010, this is the only major league organization that you know.  Describe your emotions in leaving the Dbacks and moving on to the Pirates. 

I am definitely going to miss everyone in the Dbacks organization. During the years I was there, they all treated me well. It is definitely a very classy organization that I will for sure miss. But it is time to move on to the Pirates.


Have the Pirates been in contact with you much since the trade?  What are your next steps in changing teams?

Yeah, as far as I know I will be throwing in front of their pitching coordinator as soon as I get there and then maybe in some extended games. The rest is up to how I do.


How do you feel this move will affect your baseball future?  Personally- I think the Dbacks were stacked with pitching in the minors. The Pirates are a young team on the upswing with more opportunities. I think this move bodes very well for future. Agree?

Definitely agree. The Dbacks had a lot of very good young arms all the way through their system. I am definitely looking forward to starting with the Pirates and showing them what I can do.


What message would you like to send to the Dbacks fans?

Just simply thank you for all the support ever since I was drafted in 2010. Through the good and the bad, they were always there to support me. It takes true fans to support someone with an ERA as high as mine last year.


On the flipside- your message to the Pirates fans and the City of Pittsburgh.

Just that I am very happy to be here and looking forward to getting things rolling! And hopefully you guys like someone as social as me… (grin)


Last question:  When will we see the return of Robby’s World on MLB reports? Aside from playing ball, you have serious writing skillz. We miss ya man! 

Hahaha I wish my english teachers told me that! .. I would love to be on sooner than later.. once things start to calm down then I’m your guy!

Thanks so much for having me on! We’ll stay in touch!  RR


***Thank you again to Robby Rowland for taking the time to join us today on MLB reports.  We highly encourage our readers to post at the bottom of the article any questions and/or comments that you may have for Robby.  As well, please follow Robby on Twitter (@RobbyRow_12).  Wish RobbyRow the best of luck in Pittsburgh…and make sure you tell him that MLB reports sent ya!***


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About Jonathan Hacohen

I practice daily yoga. Most foods are organic. If you catch me in the supermarket, it will be in the produce aisle. Warrior 1 Yoga was born from my wish to help people be healthy and happy. I preach the 4 key's to life: nutrition, exercise, water and sleep. This is my journey - I am hope to meet you along the way to share a similar path!

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  1. Great interview. I think he will have a better chance in Pittsburgh. They are a young team who are building their farm system. I think he will make it to the majors faster being in the Pirates system. I will have to follow him.

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