Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, July 05, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0
I sat down with Double-A Reading manager Dusty Wathan on Thursday to chat about several key names in the Phillies’ developmental ranks. Among the topics of discussion were top Phils prospect lefty pitcher Jesse Biddle, fast rising third base prospect Maikel Franco, struggling left-handed starter Austin Wright and outfielder Tyson Gillies, who earned a promotion from Reading to Triple-A Lehigh Valley this week.
Read ahead for all the quotes, plus some bonus Fightins related news blurbs at the end…
- Lefty pitcher Jesse Biddle has now gone eight straight starts without a win. As good as Jesse is, can this sort of stretch be disruptive or discouraging for a young player?
Well, I think a lot of times, every year you can look and see one guy who pitches well and doesn’t get the wins to show for how well he’s pitched. And a lot of it comes down to run support. It’s a difficult situation sometimes, but it’s just, every year it seems like one of the guys in the rotation has trouble getting runs scored for him and Jesse seems to be that guy this year. He’s a guy- obviously, he’s a huge competitor who wants to win, but in the long run, as long as he’s making improvements every start and getting himself better as we go…the wins are always nice as a ball club, but I tell these guys that if we don’t win any games and everybody gets better, then we’ve done our job.
(To see Biddle shut down rehabbing Yankees player Eduardo Nunez in three at bats, click here.)
- Maikel Franco‘s joined the club here and has had some really good success, batting .407 in 14 games with four homers. Clearly, he’s taken some big strides. I wanted to ask if you saw him in spring training to remark about the difference between then and now and just your thoughts on his progress.
Yeah, I didn’t really get a change to see him a whole lot in spring. A couple games, but nothing over an extended period of time. I saw him play in instructional league a couple years ago and, obviously, he’s a kid that’s developed into a pretty good pure hitter, I think. He’s got some power, obviously. But, I think the thing you see in him is that he goes up there and young hitters a lot of times they’ll have a tendency to go up there and chase pitch after pitch out of the zone or make the same mistake twice. He doesn’t tend to do that. He’ll make the adjustment in the middle of his at bat. Continue reading Fightins Quotables: Wathan Speaks on Biddle, Wright, Franco, Gillies and more