Philadelphia Phillies Name Minor League Hitter and Pitcher of the Month
The Philadelphia Phillies have named the organization’s minor league hitter and pitcher for the month of May.
Cody Asche of the Clearwater Threshers was named the top hitter, as the 21-year old third baseman enjoyed a tremendous offensive month. Asche hit .363 during the month, collecting 41 hits in 27 games. For the season, he is batting at a .352 clip. Asche was formerly a fourth round pick out of the University of Nebraska in last year’s amateur draft. If Asche could eventually work his way into the big league lineup as the eventual replacement to Placido Polanco, that would be terrific, but considering Polanco has just this year left on his deal and an option for next year, that may be pushing it for Asche.
Jesse Biddle, the team’s first round pick in the 2010 draft straight out of high school, was the pitcher of the month. He continues to tear it up, as he has been named a Florida State League All-Star in the past week as well.
Biddle is a hard-throwing left-hander who was 2-0 with a 1.36 ERA in six starts during the month, striking out 32 batters in 33 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .185 batting average. Biddle is still just 20 years old, and he is the team’s second best prospect. He is 14-11 with a 3.04 ERA in his minor league career, and 3-2 so far this season with a 2.51 ERA and 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings in 11 starts.