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Milwaukee Brewers Claim Former Royals Prospect Jeff Bianchi

Former Royals prospect Jeff Bianchi was recently claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers in a small minor move that likely won't make waves of any bearing. Still it's also the kind of move that could prove useful to some extent at the ML level as the Brewers hope that Bianchi's former potential comes through eventually.

Jim Breen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, "The 25-year-old most recently played for the Kansas City Royals organization for their Double-A club. A former Top 10 prospect, according to FanGraphs in 2009, Bianchi hit .259/.320/.333 after missing the 2010 season to Tommy John surgery. I spoke with one minor league evaluator who said Bianchi probably doesn't have much left in the tank to have a future in the big leagues. He said that he's always had some hitting skill, but "is not a shortstop and has health issues."

Bianchi was the Royals second round choice in the 2005 MLB Draft. His best season came before Tommy John surgery in 2009 when he hit .315 at AA Northwest Arkansas.