On Thursday, the Atlanta Braves selected minor league reliever Robert Fish in the Rule 5 Draft, giving the team another strong arm in the bullpen and one that provides depth in the pitching staff.
Fish, a six-year minor league veteran, was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in 2006 and has bounced around all levels of the minor leagues.
Last season at Double-A Arkansas, the 23-year-old left hander appeared in 26 games, posting a 1-0 record with a 3.26 ERA and two saves. The youngster also recorded 41 strikeouts compared to just 18 walks in 30 1/3 innings on the mound.
Fish is expected to compete for a spot in the middle of the Braves bullpen order and provide another strong left-handed pitcher to compliment Eric O'Flaherty and Johnny Venters.
In addition to picking up a player in the draft, Atlanta was fortunate enough to not have lost a minor or major league player in the course of the selection process.
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