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Braves Claim Jesse Biddle off Waivers


The Atlanta Braves have claimed left-handed pitcher Jesse Biddle off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Biddle was designated for assignment last week to make room for third baseman David Freese. He was actually released by the Pirates earlier this week and Neal Huntington said that the Pirates were interested in re-signing him, but the Braves were able to pick him up before he cleared waivers.

Biddle will miss the entire 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery, and he had dropped from the top prospect rankings before he injury last year, but he was still an interesting arm due to his past. The Pirates only gave up minor league reliever Yoervis Medina to acquire Biddle, so combined with him missing the entire season, it wasn’t much of a loss to get Freese on the roster.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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