Brandon Waddell Getting Some Valuable Experience Out of the Bullpen in the AFL

Brandon Waddell has been pitching in the bullpen in the AFL. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Brandon Waddell Getting Some Valuable Experience Out of the Bullpen in the AFL

GLENDALE, Ariz. - It's not a permanent assignment. Well, at least not for now.

Brandon Waddell has been a starter his entire pro career with the Pirates, after being a starter with the University of Virginia. But he was sent to the Arizona Fall League this offseason to pitch out of the bullpen for the first time.

The move is a common one. Each team sends four pitchers to the league, and typically only one of those pitchers will start. Waddell is representing the Pirates alongside top prospect Mitch Keller, and hard-throwing lefty pitching prospect Taylor Hearn. Those two have received the priority for starts, leaving Waddell to get work out of the bullpen.

That doesn't signal that the Pirates will move Waddell to the bullpen in the future. However, the crowded scene in Triple-A ne...

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