Pirates acquire former first-round LHP Jesse Biddle from Phillies

BY foxsports • February 4, 2016

The Pittsburgh Pirates appear hopeful that pitcher Jesse Biddle will fulfill his potential.

The club announced Wednesday that it acquired the former top prospect from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for right-handed reliever Yoervis Medina.

Biddle, who has yet to make his major-league debut, was drafted by the Phillies in the first round of the 2010 amateur draft.

In six years in the minors, he has notched a 40-45 record with a 3.81 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and .240 opponent batting average.

"We feel there is the upside of a quality starting pitcher with Biddle," Pirates GM Neal Huntington told MLB.com. "We were willing to tackle the challenge of helping him get healthy and reach the ceiling that many in the industry believed he had when he was identified as one of the best pitching prospects in the industry."

The 24-year-old left-hander from Philadelphia, Penn., won't pitch this year in the Pirates organization, as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Medina, who has held a 10-9 record with a 3.08 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 147 strikeouts versus 79 walks in 146 innings over three major-league seasons, was picked up by the Pirates off waivers in December.

"This wasn't a move made to benefit the 2016 club," Huntington told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "This is a move made to benefit us three years down the road."