Orioles claim lefty D.J. Snelten off waivers from Giants, option him to Triple-A Norfolk

Jon Meoli
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The Orioles added to their already stocked left-handed relief depth Monday, claiming reliever D.J. Snelten off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

Snelten, a 6-foot-6 ground ball pitcher, made his major league debut in April but was designated for assignment by the Giants last week.

The 27-year-old has allowed five earned runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 major-league innings this year, but had a 3.14 ERA in his minor-league career.

A ninth-round pick in the 2013 MLB draft, Snelten has a sneaky delivery and can run the ball the ball up to 93 mph and is at his best when he keeps it in the ground.

He joins a Triple-A Norfolk bullpen that already features left-handers Donnie Hart, Andrew Faulkner and Joely Rodriguez.

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