MLB Arizona Diamondbacks

Philadelphia Phillies Prospect Jesse Biddle Named Florida State League All-Star

Jesse Biddle was the Philadelphia Phillies’ first round pick in the 2010 MLB amateur draft, and so far, the team has to be very pleased with his progress.

The left-hander is 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 10 starts this season for the high-A Clearwater Threshers. Biddle has struck out 52 batters and walked 18 in 50.1 innings pitched. He earned a promotion this season after excelling at A-ball Lakewood in 2011, going 7-8 with a 2.98 ERA and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 133 innings on the mound.

Biddle was rewarded for his play this year by being named a Florida State League All-Star, an honor also given to teammates Adam Morgan and Austin Wright.

Wright is another prospect to keep an eye on, as he is a young left-hander who was taken in the eighth round of the 2011 draft. Wright is 5-0 with a 3.61 ERA in nine starts for the Lakewood BlueClaws, having struck out 54 batters in 52.1 innings pitched. Wright was 4-3 with a 3.03 ERA last year, splitting time between the low-A Williamsport Crosscutters and the A-ball BlueClaws, striking out an incredible 85 hitters against just 22 walks in 68.1 innings pitched.

Biddle is rated as the Phillies’ second –best prospect in the system, behind just Double-A starting pitcher Trevor May, a hard-throwing righty who could see a call-up to the major league team in either 2012 or 2013 when the rosters expand to 40 games. May is currently rated as the 69th prospect in the game, and he is 5-2 with a 4.28 ERA in 10 starts for the Reading Phillies, having struck out 53 batters in 54.2 innings.