Jesse Biddle is officially a former Phillie. The 24-year old former first round pick of the Phillies was dealt to Pittsburgh three days after being designated for assignment by the team he grew up cheering for. The deal brings another pitcher, also recently designated for assignment, to the Phillies to fight for a spot in a crowded bullpen battle.
Yoervis Medina, who has pitched in 146 major league games with the Mariners and Cubs comes to Philly and was assigned to Lehigh Valley, with an invitation to major league spring training. The 27-year old right-hander had been claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh just before Christmas, but was designated for assignment when Pittsburgh claimed A.J. Schugel off waivers from the Mariners last Friday.
In his major league time, which spans three major league seasons, Medina has a 10-9 record with a 3.08 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 146 innings of work. He has walked 79 hitters in that time and has a career WHIP of 1.363. Medina split last season with Seattle and the Cubs, going a combined 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA in the two stops. The Mariners signed Medina as an amateur free agent in 2005 and he debuted in the majors with them in April, 2013, throwing 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball against Detroit.
Biddle will miss the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery this past October. The Pirates are hoping to get him back to the form he showed early in his career with the Phillies, which made him a top prospect in the organization. Since then, a number of injuries and an increasing loss of control have slowed his progress.
Yoervis Medina - career stats