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Phillies First-Round Pick Jesse Biddle

Posted by Paul Boye, Wed, June 09, 2010 05:20 PM | Comments: 12
Acquisitions, Draft, Minor Leagues, News, Posts, Prospecting

UPDATE (6/9, 5:20 P.M.): Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that Biddle’s agreement with the Phils includes a $1.16M signing bonus, and is expected to be made official this weekend after Biddle graduates.

6/8: Bryce Harper was the No. 1 overall pick in last night’s opening phase of the 2010 MLB Draft. This came as a surprise to no one, as his name was announced as the selection of the Washington Nationals. Unfortunately, human cloning isn’t quite to the point where 26 more Harpers were available, and so the Phillies had their homework cut out for them in deciding who to select 27th overall.

Despite the availability of some big-time names – and even a former Philly draftee – the Phillies used their 27th-overall selection on hometown product Jesse Biddle, a left-handed pitcher from Germantown Friends High School. As amateur baseball players don’t get nearly the publicity and coverage of college football and basketball players, the name “Jesse Biddle” might not mean much to many people. Here’s what we know about the newest Phillies prospect.*

* In the interest of full disclosure, I personally have yet to see Biddle pitch. His being a local product could certainly make that easier, but for now, I’ll be parsing the scouting data and opinions of those more in-tune than I.

You can find links to full, detailed scouting reports on Biddle at various places. For now, here are some quotes that should be of interest.

Phuture Phillies:

He’s a big, tall LHP with plus velocity and the chance for two average secondary pitches. He is projectable, and LHP is something the Phillies lack in their system, at least the high ceiling variety.

MLB Bonus Baby:

The first thing you’ll always hear about Biddle is how much scouts drool over his projectability, and some would compare his projectability favorably to almost any lefty in the entire 2010 prep class.

ESPN:

His upside is probably that of a #2 starter, but even for that he’ll need to develop a third pitch and show that his improved control is for real.

Project Prospect:

Terrific upside & projection, fastball should add few ticks, potential plus change.

Baseball America:

Biddle gets good downhill plane on his fastball and also throws a slower curveball in the 66-68 mph range and a 77 mph changeup with some deception.

In short, it seems like what we’re seeing with the Phillies’ pick of Biddle really isn’t a deviation from the established draft strategy of the past few years: grab a raw, projectable athlete and have faith that your system can develop him as it did Domonic Brown. It’s risky, and for every Dom Brown there are five more Anthony Hewitts, but if the risk and investment pay off, it seems the Phillies may have landed a solid pitcher late in the first round without reaching for the pick on a Hewitt or Kelly Dugan-esque level

Considering the amount of work his secondary stuff seems to need in order for him to become a Major League starter, I don’t expect to see Biddle in the Bigs anytime before late 2013. That said, it seems the Phillies have found a player they are very high on, and expect to be a contributor in the future. His progress will be exciting to follow.

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  • Posts: 0 Phylan

    Castellanos and Ranaudo were available :-(

    I mean they never would’ve signed Ranaudo I guess but it feels like a pretty ho-hum pick. “This guy is local, we scouted him a lot, he’s very signable, let’s just pick him.” Oh well.

     
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  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    ………but can he hit???

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    From what I’ve read, there weren’t any standout prospects beyond the first several. Drafting #28, you’re not exactly getting the “pick of the litter.”

    I’m sure others were scouted, and the Phils chose Biddle mostly on talent and need, and not simply on any “local, very signable” criteria.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    I like the pick. You really want to draft a player you can sign around slot or you end up over paying or not being able to sign the pick.

     
  • Posts: 0 Steve Jeltz

    From the kids who played against him at my high school (George School, Newtown, PA):

    “Germantown Friends mercy-ruled Westtown School in 5 innings. Biddle struck out all 15 batters.”

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan Morrison

    If Biddle develops two more average pro level pitches, I think this kid will be in the majors in the next two years, maybe three. He has an outstanding fastball, but in this league just a 95 mile an hour fastball won’t make you a living.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I’m just amused to keep seeing the name Biddle from Germantown. My great-grandfather and his father both served in Biddle’s infantry company from Germantown in the Civil War, and I wonder if this Biddle is his descendant. :D

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Biddle is an old local name. No real surprise.

     
  • Posts: 0 Desire Dinovo

    It’s exciting that the Huskers is joining the Big 10. Next year promises to be thrilling. Can’t wait!

     
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    High up on the east coast, Durban is South Africa’s sub-tropical seaside getaway. Town centre overlooks a long, golden seashore that likely one of unmarried so much culturally numerous spot in Africa. Right here you’ll to find frolicking families of every hue, busy executives out for a quick lunchtime jog, youngsters in complete breeding plumage, sublime sari-clad matrons strolling the sand, buff surfers running into the waves, and bead-bedecked sangomas amassing healing sea water in bottles.

     
 
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