Jesse Biddle coming off a pair of dominant starts was #2 on Baseball America’s Hot Sheet. Over the two starts Biddle went 14 IP and gave up 4 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, to go with 21 strikeouts. If Biddle puts up another start or two like this Biddle could be in Lehigh Valley soon. Biddle was blocked from the #1 spot by Ranger’s masher Joey Gallo‘s .409/.500/1.091 line (yes that is a 1.091 SLG). Gallo has been on fire this year so far. Coming in at #4 on the list was Red Sox LHP Brian Johnson who went 6 IP 0 H 0 ER o BB 5 Ks for hi-A Salem. Johnson was selected with the Phillies pick forfeited for signing Jonathan Papelbon, he is 23 and in hi-A though.
he was then pulled from the game and replaced by Tyler Knigge prompting internet speculation about an injury. It turns out Biddle’s 41 pitches pushed him over the organizations limit for number of pitches in an inning. To this point there is nothing to suggest that there is any sort of injury concern. Continue reading →
MLB.com released their Top 100 prospects tonight. Two Phillies made the list as well as some former Phillies, they release their org Top 20 next week. (the reports are all free at http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2013/)
Welcome to the Reader Top 30, I will be releasing a new poll every day Monday-Friday until we are done. Each poll will contain the names of nine prospects and a space for a write-in answer. The top write-in vote receiver (or popular request from the comments) will be added to the next day’s poll to replace the winner. For the initial poll I have used the Top 9 from Baseball America’s Top 10 (the order should be randomized every time the poll appears). Feel free to give a reason for your choice and please post if you added a write-in vote. I will post the winner in the next day’s poll as well as update the title of the poll to reflect the winner.
So without further ado your first Reader Top 30 poll.
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 →
Today Baseball America released their Top 10 prospects in the Phillies System. Since the scouting reports are behind the pay wall I will keep the scouting reports to quick paraphrases of Baseball America’s reports.
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1. Jesse Biddle – LHP – Age 21 -Biddle has drawn comparisons to Andy Pettitte for his strong left handed frame. Biddle’s fastball sits 88-93, he follows it up with a curveball which profiles as plus, an average change up, and a added a two-seamer and slider in 2012. Biddle has a great work ethic and he physically profiles as a workhorse with a clean smooth delivery. Biddle has a very good chance to be a #3 starter but there is a chance that he could profile better if one of his pitches takes a step forward. Continue reading →
Clearwater southpaws Jesse Biddle and Adam Morgan both made BA’s top 20 prospect list for the FSL. They were the 2nd and 3rd best LHP and 5th and 6th best pitchers overall.
Biddle was the second youngest pitcher to qualify for the ERA title (behind former #2 pick Jameson Tallion). He led the league in strikeouts with 151 and he was 10-6 with 3.22 ERA over 143 IP. Biddle’s fastball sits average to slightly plus (90-93) though he can flash higher than that. Biddles curveball is a true plus pitch and changeup is showing major improvement.
Adam Morgan led the league in strikeouts before being promoted to AA Reading (his FSL line was 118 IP 4-10, 3.29 ERA, 27 BB, 133 K). His fastball is plus sitting 91-94, his secondary stuff profiles as average though there is some room for improvement. Much of Morgan’s success can be attributed to his ability to locate his fastball throughout the zone.
At this point both profile to be at least #3 starters with the possibility of being slightly better than that. Morgan having finished the year in AA is slightly ahead of Biddle in major league ETA but with Biddle opening the year in AA he is not that far away.
(Scouting reports paraphrased from Baseball America write ups)
Just to pull this out of the longer posts so everyone knows.
Biddle was removed last night for precautionary reasons after taking a line drive off the hand. He will not miss a start.
Domonic Brown left today’s game with a hamstring injury, it does not appear to be major, but its impossible to know with hamstring injuries.
You can view the list in its entirety here. May came in at #54, Biddle at #78 and Colvin at #80. I’m not going to go in to specifics about my love/hate for the list. Everyone is entitled to create their lists, and everyone has different opinions of players. I think there are a number of weird placements on this particular list, and I’m not sure Colvin is a Top 100 prospect right now, but I won’t complain about any hype/positive reports he generates. The blurbs are free for all to read, so I’ll post them here. But go check out the full list if you’re curious
Scouting report: May is starting to develop into a more complete pitcher and not just a thrower. The fastball is up to 95 mph and it has plenty of sink. May has no trouble maintaining velocity deep into his starts. He complements his fastball with an above-average curve and a changeup that shows glimpses of being above-average as well. While he still walks a good number of hitters, he lowered his walk rate considerably and showed better overall command.
Upside potential: He’ll keep refining his stuff and command, eventually settling in as a very durable No. 2 or 3 starter.
Scouting report: A strong and durable southpaw, Biddle has the makings of three above-average to plus pitches in his arsenal. He’s shown the ability to run his fastball in the low 90s. He has a changeup that could be plus when all is said and done, and although his curve is inconsistent, it’s tighter and has a harder break than when he was in high school. He needs to improve his command, not rare for such a young arm, but he did lower his walk rate in the second half of 2011.
Upside potential: Even if he moves one station at a time, Biddle profiles as a sturdy, innings-eating lefty who will have a long career in the middle of a big league rotation.
Scouting report: Despite the rough 2011 season, Colvin still has pure stuff, and a projectable pitcher’s body, that would be the envy of many a pitching prospect. His fastball is plus at times, up into the mid-90s with good sink that generates ground balls. Both his curve and his changeup have the chance to be very good secondary pitches, and he’s shown a better feel for the offspeed pitch in the past then many his age. His command suffered in 2011, something that will have to improve for him to move forward.
Upside potential: He has the stuff to pitch near the top of a rotation. If the command doesn’t bounce back, his stuff would play well in the bullpen.