Larry Casian is a NorthWest area scout with the SF Giants. He was a 6th round selection of the Minnesota Twins in 1987 and spent 9 years in the big leagues.
Larry offers great insight into what scouts are looking for in players!
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Larry Casian was hired as an assistant coach in September of 2006. Casian, who spent all or parts of nine seasons pitching in the majors, coaches the pitchers and catchers for the Pilots. During his first season on The Bluff, the Portland pitching staff lowered its team earned run average by nearly two runs. Four UP pitchers (Given Kutz, Josh Roberts, Ari Ronick and Chris Siegfried) were selected in Major League Baseball’s draft last June.
A pitching coach from 1999-2005 at Corban College in Salem, Ore., Casian took over head coaching duties for the Warriors prior to the 2005 season.
A sixth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 1987, Casian pitched for the Twins, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox while in the majors. He posted a career record of 11-13 with an earned run average of 4.56 in 240.7 innings. His best year as a pro came as a Twin in 1993 when he went 5-3 with a 3.02 ERA in 54 appearances. That season he was voted Minnesota’s Comeback Player of the Year.
In the minor leagues, Casian was a AAA All-Star with the Portland Beavers in 1991. In 1988, he was named Minnesota’s AA Player of the Year and was named to the AA All-Star team.
In three years at Cal State Fullerton, Casian posted a 17-5 record with three saves and a 3.17 ERA. He struck out 195 in 218.2 career innings and pitched 10 complete games. In 1987, he was a Second Team All-American, First Team All-West Region and was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Association’s Player of the Year after going 11-1 with a save and a 2.54 ERA. He pitched eight complete games in 14 starts, struck out 118 in 120.2 innings and was 7-0 in league contests.
In 1986, Casian hurled a one-hitter against UC Irvine and was a First Team All-PCAA selection.
Casian spent his freshman year at Oral Roberts in 1984, posting a 3-1 record with a 3.67 ERA.
Larry and his wife Michelle have three children: Kayley (17), Lindsey (14) and Eddy (10).