I’ve been toying around with some sort of piece on the best Eastern League starters from the past three seasons, and I thought it would make sense to go out to Reading on a day off and see Jesse Biddle. Biddle, a top pitching prospect for the Philadelphia Phillies, was solid through seven innings of work. Solid…but the spectacular went away after the first two innings.
He struck out three of the first five batters he faced, but just three more past that. He did go seven innings, however, which is more than can typically be said of many starting pitching prospects. He used a fastball that sat at around 92-93 MPH, and a slow curveball that ranged anywhere from 69-73. Biggest issue with him, in my opinion, is not utilizing a third pitch much at all.
Anyway, I shot his first three innings tonight — I’m sure Josh Norris will have a fancy reel of all his strikeouts, since we made the trip up together — and here they are for your enjoyment.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com