Pirates Claim Left-Handed Pitcher Jack Leathersich from Cubs

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Pirates Claim Left-Handed Pitcher Jack Leathersich from Cubs
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed 27-year-old left-handed relief pitcher Jack Leathersich off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates already had an open spot on their 40-man roster, so no additional move needs to be made. Leathersich has been assigned to Indianapolis.

Leathersich has pitched parts of two seasons in the majors, 2015 with the New York Mets and 2017 for the Cubs. He had a 2.31 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 11.2 innings over 17 appearances with the Mets. He pitched once for the Cubs back on July 6th and allowed two runs, while recording just two outs. That was his only appearance in the majors this season. He has made just one career start in seven seasons of pro ball.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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