Phillies Minor League Focus: LHP Jesse Biddle

Posted: December 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

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As the new year approaches and spring training sits beyond the horizon, we wait with bated breath to hear who the Phillies have chosen to man one of their corner-outfield positions in 2013. However, a more important question is who is going to take the field at Citizens Bank Park in 2014 and beyond. For the next few months, we at SkoodSports will be taking an in depth look at the Phillies’ best prospects and introducing you to the men that you will soon call stars.

The first man on our list is LHP Jesse Biddle. The Phils’ first round pick (27th overall) in the 2010 draft, Biddle has swiftly emerged as one of the team’s best young arms in the system. A local kid, Biddle grew up in Mount Airy and attended Germantown Friends School, where he starred as a signature southpaw for the Tigers. In his Junior and Senior years combined, Biddle went 14-2 with an ERA under 1.00. He struck out an astounding 201 batters in just 92.1 innings pitched.

Born on October 22, 1991, Biddle is just 21 years old. But, there are already experts who believe he could be ready for the Major Leagues by April, 2014. His frame, 6’4″ and 215 pounds, has the look of an ace. His repertoire, which is still unrefined due to his age and lack of experience, is vast. Biddle throws five pitches, including a four-seam and two-seam fastball. His four seamer his been clocked as high as 94 MPH. Biddle counters this velocity with low 80’s changeups and sliders; and a 12-6 curveball in the low-to-mid 70’s.

Biddle’s first two full years in the minor leagues have been successful. For the Lakewood Blueclaws (A) in 2011, Biddle went 7-8 with a 2.98 ERA and about a 2:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Last season, Biddle made the jump to high-A Clearwater. He showed that the improved competition would not be a vice. The southpaw was second on the team with 10 wins (to 6 losses) and led among qualifying starters with a 3.22 ERA. His 151 strikeouts were a leg-up on his 2011 campaign, and proved that Biddle could be a 200+ strikeout performer in the future.

As mentioned before, Biddle could be ready on opening day, 2014. The LHP certainly will have some significantly talented mentors once he does hit the big club as he will join fellow southpaws Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in the rotation at that time. Biddle is poised to begin the 2013 campaign in AA Reading as the countdown begins until we see the local-kid toeing the rubber at Citizens Bank Park.

Next up on the list is SS Roman Quinn, a little known second round pick in the 2011 Amateur Draft.

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