By Jason Shetler
Pirates pitching prospect Brandon Waddell was scratched from his start on Thursday due to shoulder soreness, this according to John Dreker of Pirates Prospects.
In the 2015 MLB Draft, the Pirates chose Waddell as a fifth round selection out of the University of Virginia. The 22-year-old left-hander began last season with the Bradenton Marauders, posting a very impressive 0.93 ERA in five starts. He then earned a promotion to Altoona in May. His ERA was at 4.12 in 22 games (20 starts) for the Curve.
Entering this year, Waddell was rated the Pirates 17th best prospect according to Baseball America and 19th by MLB Pipeline. In his first start of the season with Altoona, he allowed four runs in four innings against the Harrisburg Senators. The decision to scratch him from his second start was no doubt as a precaution.