The Phillies have always liked their live armed lefty pitchers. The system has a large quantity of left handed pitchers with plus stuff. Tops of these arms are two pitchers with mid-rotation ceilings and the proximity to make them relatively safe bets to meet those expectations. The Phillies hope that one of the young pitchers behind them can establish themselves as more than just an arm but a serious pitching candidate. The good thing about left handed starters is that their floors can be relatively high as long as they can master some fastball control and a good breaking pitch. This is because there is always a need for good LOOGYs, and even more important left handed relievers who can get both left handed and right handed batters out. The Phillies have a history of giving these guys the chance to start until they fail before moving them to the bullpen, some of these pitchers may make it to the majors as starters before reaching their ultimate home in a bullpen.
Jesse Biddle (21) – Biddle is the best prospect in the system, a big strong workhorse Biddle has a plus fastball and curveball, and he also has a change up that profiles as at least average as well as a slider and two-seamer that were late additions in 2012. Biddle will face a tough challenge in AA but he has a fairly safe #3 starter profile, but there is plenty of room for him to improve to a #2 starter ceiling if he can continue to make the same size strides he has in previous years. Continue reading