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Jesse Biddle | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 222
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle has been placed on Double-A Reading's disabled list due to a strained right quad.
He suffered the injury in his first start for Reading -- and fourth start overall -- since returning from a month-long "mental break." The injury effectively ends a disappointing season for Biddle, who has posted a 4.58 ERA and 92/51 K/BB ratio over 94 1/3 innings. He could pitch in the Arizona Fall League or winter ball. Aug 24 - 10:13 AM

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Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle has been promoted to Double-A Reading.

The left-hander allowed one run over five innings in his most recent start at High-A Clearwater on Monday, and the Phillies apparently decided he was ready for a bigger challenge. The 22-year-old will make his first start at Double-A on Saturday.
Aug 13 - 10:55 PM

Phillies left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle scattered three hits and five walks over five innings, striking out four and allowing one run for High-A Clearwater on Monday.

Biddle has struggled with his command despite not having an injury, which is worrisome. He has the potential to be a solid No. 3 pitcher, but his control problems could turn him into a cautionary tale about the pressure placed on prospects, particularly ones who are drafted by their hometown teams.
Aug 12 - 11:12 AM

Phillies left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle threw five no-hit innings, striking out five and allowing one walk for High-A Clearwater on Wednesday.

Biddle threw 44 of his 66 pitches for strikes and retired the final 10 batters he faced in the dominant outing. The Phillies were hoping that Biddle would take a step forward and pitch himself into the major league rotation sometime this year. Instead, he's had a difficult overall season and missed nearly a month while taking a mental break. Biddle still has mid-rotation upside, but dominating the High-A Florida State League is not going to give much information regarding a player who has spent the past two seasons in Double-A.
Aug 7 - 8:55 AM

Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle returned to game action Saturday, allowing a run on one hit and one walk over two frames for the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

Biddle has been on the temporary inactive list at Double-A Reading for nearly a month as the Phillies sought to give the struggling hurler a mental break. He'll throw another outing for the GCL Phillies before possibly rejoining Reading. Biddle has posted a 5.03 ERA in 15 starts this season.
Jul 27 - 10:23 AM

The Phillies have placed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle on the temporary inactive list at Double-A Reading.

Biddle has been rocked with a 12.64 ERA over his last four starts. He's not injured, but it sounds like the top prospect just needs a mental break. "Nothing feels fluid on the mound, nothing feels natural," said Biddle. "I’m miserable out there. I’m very unhappy. And I don’t know why."
Jun 26 - 6:38 PM

Phillies prospect left-hander Jesse Biddle walked six and allowed three hits in 3 1/3 innings for Double-A Reading on Wednesday.

Biddle has a 6.50 ERA and 1.889 WHIP over his last four starts, during which opposing batters are putting up a .310/.414/.493 line. He has struggled in his second season with Double-A Reading, putting up a 4.06 ERA and a 1.398 WHIP. Biddle has been more hittable this season (8.1 H/9, up from 6.8 H/9 in 2013) and is still walking too many batters (4.5 BB/9) while experiencing a drop in his strikeout rate (9.0 K/9 from 10.0 K/9).
Jun 12 - 12:11 PM

Phillies left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle struck out seven in six innings on Wednesday, allowing one unearned run for Double-A Reading.

Biddle walked four batters and allowed two hits, both of which were doubles. His inconsistency is maddening, but he has a 3.20 ERA with a 1.224 WHIP. He could be in line for a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and could see time in Philadelphia later in the season.
May 15 - 9:24 AM

Phillies left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle allowed eight hits, three walks, and one hit batsman, allowing five runs (three earned) on Friday for Double-A Reading.

Biddle is spending his second consecutive season in Reading, so the fact that he is struggling is particularly troubling. He struck out six batters, but threw only 57% (55/96) of his pitches for strikes. He has 52 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings, but he has allowed 38 hits and 18 walks, leading to a 1.254 WHIP. Biddle is still the best pitching prospect in the Phillies system, but his command woes have taken much of the sheen off the apple.
May 10 - 12:02 PM

Phillies left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle walked five in four innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on Monday night.

Biddle's previous two outings were borderline dominant, so his clunker of a start can be viewed as an aberration. However, Biddle career 4.3 BB/9 rate is troubling and he will need to improve his command before he has a chance of being successful in the major leagues. Biddle has thrown 361 of his 588 (61.4%) pitches for strikes in 2014. Biddle is in line to get promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the early summer, and could get a September call-up.
Apr 29 - 10:41 AM

Phillies left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle struck out 10 batters in seven innings on Wednesday for Double-A Reading.

Biddle allowed two hits and walked one batter in his best start of the season. Biddle threw 111 pitches, inducing seven groundouts, six flyouts, zero line drives, and two popups. He sports a 2.86 ERA and a 12.1 K/9 rate, while batters are hitting .213/.265/.352 off him. Biddle is rapidly climbing the Phillies pitching depth chart, and could make his appearance with his hometown Phillies later this season.
Apr 24 - 8:27 AM

Phillies left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle struck out 11 batters in 7 innings on Friday, allowing two runs (one earned), two hits, and one walk.

Biddle struggled in his first three starts in his return to Double-A but put together a solid outing. Biddle still looks on track to reach the majors later in 2014, but he may not make his debut until 2015 as the Phillies tendency to move prospects slowly could have an impact.
Apr 19 - 11:11 AM

Phillies prospect LHP Jesse Biddle allowed four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six batters in seven innings on Tuesday for Double-A Reading.

Biddle, 22, is back in Double-A after posting a 3.64 ERA and 154/82 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 138 1/3 innings last year at the level. So far this season, the left-hander has allowed four runs in back-to-back starts, though his outing on Tuesday was significantly better after he lasted only 3 1/3 innings last week in his season debut. Biddle could theoretically reach the majors later this season, but he'll first need to improve his overall command and consistency.
Apr 9 - 1:20 PM

Phillies left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle will return to Double-A to open 2014.

With Cole Hamels (biceps) returning later this month and the late signing of A.J. Burnett, Biddle will not begin the 2014 campaign in Triple-A as was originally expected. The 22-year-old had a solid 2013 at the Double-A level (3.64 ERA and 10 K/9) despite dealing with whooping cough and plantar fasciitis. Jonathan Pettibone is likely first on the list for a minor league call-up if the Phillies need an emergency starter this summer.
Apr 3 - 10:52 AM

Phillies reassigned LHP Jesse Biddle to minor league camp.

The No. 27 pick from the 2010 draft is also Baseball Prospectus' No. 94 prospect in the game. He went 5-14 with Double-A Reading last year, but that was mostly an indicator of his teammates, as Biddle posted a 3.64 ERA and 154/82 K/BB rate over 138 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old could potentially work his way up to the big leagues with another big showing on the farm in 2014.
Mar 8 - 6:47 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
3Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
3Freddy Galvis
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Cody Asche
2Maikel Franco
3Cesar Hernandez
LF1Domonic Brown
2Grady Sizemore
CF1Ben Revere
RF1Marlon Byrd
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2A.J. Burnett
3Kyle Kendrick
4David Buchanan
5Jerome Williams
6Cliff Lee
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ken Giles
6Mario Hollands
7Justin De Fratus
8Cesar Jimenez
9Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
10Luis Garcia