The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Jesus Liranzo from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday afternoon and assigned him to the Altoona Curve.

Liranzo was acquired by the Dodgers in a trade just three days ago and was designated for assignment yesterday. He spent part of 2016 and all of 2017 at Double-A Bowie (Orioles) in the Eastern League, where he had a 4.52 ERA in 83.2 innings, with a 95:55 SO/BB ratio and a .204 BAA. He missed 2014 with an elbow surgery and was still in the Dominican Summer League as a 20-year-old in 2015. He made a very rare jump from the DSL to Low-A ball in 2016, the skipped to Double-A during the second half of the season due to being Rule 5 eligible at the end of the year. Liranzo impressed the Orioles enough to get a 40-man roster spo...

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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.