Sept. 5, 2006
PORTLAND, Ore. --- Former Major League Baseball pitcher Larry Casian (pictured) has joined the Portland Pilots baseball coaching staff, announced head coach Chris Sperry. Casian, who spent all or parts of nine seasons pitching in the majors, will coach the pitchers and catchers for the Pilots.
"I am extremely excited to add a coach with the background and experience that Larry brings to this program," Sperry said. "He is a passionate teacher and is very positive. I think his collegiate and professional experiences, specifically his time spent in the majors, provides him instant credibility."
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.
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.