By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have acquired pitcher Jesse Biddle from the Philadelphia Phillies. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer was the first to report that Biddle had been traded to an unidentified team while CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury confirmed that the Pirates were the club that acquired him.
Biddle was the Phillies first round selection in the 2010 MLB Draft. The 24-year-old left-hander entered the 2012 season as the Phillies top prospect according to Baseball America. Biddle tried to pitch throw elbow pain last season, and his numbers were certainly affected, as he posted a 4.95 ERA with a 1.66 WHIP in 24 starts between AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley. For his minor league career, Biddle has put up a 3.82 ERA along with an impressive 8.8 K/9. He throws his 4-seam fastball upwards of 94 mph. Biddle had Tommy John surgery performed this offseason, and will miss the entire 2016 season. Despite the fact that he won’t pitch this year, the Pirates will have themselves a left-handed starter with upside and with years of team control.