Prospect Nation 2012: #3 LHP Jesse Biddle

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, March 08, 2012 08:00 AM | Comments: 8
2012 Top 25 Prospects, Blueclaws, Minor Leagues, Posts, Prospecting

Left-handed starting pitcher Jesse Biddle redefines homegrown talent. Born and bred as a Phillies fan in the Philadelphia region, the youngster’s dreams came true in 2010, when he was selected 27th overall in that year’s amateur draft. Biddle wasted no time signing his first professional contract and quickly made his minor league debut, beginning his ascent toward donning the home uniform of the team he cheered on from the seats of Citizens Bank Park all throughout his teenage years.

The graduate of Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia combined to sport a 4-1 record with a 3.92 ERA and a .241 batting average against in 12 starts with the Gulf Coast League Phillies and the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2010.

In 2011, Biddle became an All-Star in the South Atlantic League with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. As the team’s most dependable starter through much of the year, Biddle posted a 7-8 record with a 2.98 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) and struck out 124 batters in 133 innings pitched. In addition, he held opponents to a .219 batting average.

The 6-foot-4-inch 235-pound Biddle seems to improve down the stretch, as he rocked a 2.61 ERA in three Class-A short-season starts after his August, 2010 promotion from the GCL. He also wrapped up his 2011 campaign with a stellar stretch in which he tallied a 1.91 ERA over his final 12 outings.

What’s even more impressive about how Biddle finished his 2011 season is that he began the year with a 0-4 record and a 5.91 ERA through his opening 5 starts. Adjustments were key for Biddle, who worked closely with pitching coach Steve Schrenk to develop a better approach against SAL hitters.

Confident in his own abilities and control, Biddle maintains a tight focus on the tasks at hand on a frequent basis, even on off days. There is not a day that passes in which Biddle hasn’t done homework in some fashion to learn a bit more about the game of baseball. Biddle also has a great frame of mind and realizes that achievements and promotions won’t be handed to him and that he has much work ahead at all times.

The 20-year-old left his final 2011 regular season start with a knee ailment that was described as a tightening of the joint. Rest and rehab worked well as Biddle spent time this off-season in the Florida Instructional League and is now raring to go, at full health, for the upcoming campaign.

Armed with a four-seam fastball that was regularly clocked around 92 MPH throughout the 2011 season, a strong curveball and a developing change up, Biddle is expected to move up a level to the Class-A Advanced Clearwater Threshers this year, where he’ll join new Threshers skipper Chris Truby, who has managed the Biddle in Williamsport and Lakewood.

Our 2012 prospect countdown index can be found HERE.

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  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    So he’s got a slow fastball. How good is the curve, Jay? Control? What makes him good? I wouldn’t be asking if he threw 96-97.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 1048 EricL

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    What’s going on in that 4th paragraph? He shrinks an inch and drops 10lbs in the first line.

  • Posts: 373 Jay Floyd

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    Clearly a rush job that required some additional proofreading. My apologies.

    Control is definitely there…mental toughness is where he trives….fastball has been clocked in mid-90′s in the past, but registers low 90′s more often.

  • Posts: 373 Jay Floyd

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    where he thrives*

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    92 mph isn’t a “slow fastball” … it isn’t scary-fast, but it’s slightly above the 90-91 average …

    he’s a young kid with a big frame, and as he gets bigger, stronger (working with better pitching coaches, strength & conditioning, etc. ) it wouldn’t be a shock to see him add a few ticks on the fastball, which should only help his developing change-up … would love to see him add splitter -or cutter to the repetiore, another pitch with movement so people can’t just watch the Curvevball like they did with Hamels for so long

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Don M – 92 with no secondary pitches is a slow fastball. To me.

    The Dipsy

    • Posts: 0 Chris

      Strong Curveball doesn’t count? Or you just didn’t see that part of the article. Also the dude is still young. obviously he’s still working on his secondary pitches and their control.

      • Posts: 0 delearyous

        don’t let the dipsy get under your skin chris. he plays devils advocate to anything posted here just to get a rouse out of the other readers

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