Orioles claim left-hander Jed Bradley, a former first-round pick, off waivers from Braves

Jon Meoli
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The Orioles added a former first-round pick to their stock of pitching depth by claiming lefty Jed Bradley.

Barely two days after their season ended, the Orioles' quest to add players through any means available during the offseason has already begun.

The team announced Friday that left-hander Jed Bradley, a 2011 first-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers, was claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves. To make room for Bradley, the Orioles designated infielder Paul Janish for assignment.

Bradley, 26, made his major league debut this season for Atlanta after the Braves purchased him from Milwaukee in June. He allowed four runs over seven innings in seven appearances for the Braves, though he had some success working as a starting pitcher for Atlanta’s Double-A and Triple-A affiliates once he switched organizations.

Over his minor league career, Bradley has a 4.34 ERA in 141 appearances (77 starts) with a 1.49 WHIP.

Bradley was selected 15th overall by the Brewers in 2011 out of Georgia Tech. He played for Youse's Orioles in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in 2009.

Janish had two stints with the Orioles this season after returning to the organization on a minor league deal last offseason. He appeared in 14 games, all in May and June and mostly while shortstop J.J. Hardy was out with a fractured foot. Janish was summoned back in mid-September but did not appear in a game.

He spent most of the season at Triple-A Norfolk, where he hit .248 with a .614 OPS. Janish is a personal favorite of manager Buck Showalter, and is a candidate to return to the organization this offseason.

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