Jesse Biddle impressive on all fronts

Jesse Biddle pitched seven shutout innings of one-hit ball for Reading in a 3-2 win on Monday.
Jesse Biddle pitched seven shutout innings of one-hit ball for Reading in a 3-2 win on Monday. (JACQUELINE DORMER / Associated Press)
Posted: April 29, 2013

Before each game Reading lefthander Jesse Biddle throws to one simulated batter as his final warm-up before taking the mound in the first inning.

Biddle didn't do so well in the simulated version on Monday but had much more success in the real event.

During Monday's 3-2 win over at Harrisburg, Biddle pitched seven shutout innings of one-hit ball. He struck out 16 and had a perfect game until walking a batter with one out in the seventh inning.

"Before the game I always throw a simulated hitter to get myself in game mode and on Monday I walked the simulated hitter on four pitches," Biddle said.

On the surface, that wasn't the best sign, so it seemed.

"Now, those four pitches weren't even close and they were all bad pitches, but I knew something felt a little different," Biddle said. "Something felt good, the rhythm in my delivery felt good and everything felt great."

The 21-year-old Biddle, a 2010 first-round draft choice from Germantown Friends, improved to 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA in four starts. He is The Inquirer's No. 1 ranked Phillies prospect and has impressed his new manager Dusty Wathan on many fronts.

"You won't find a guy who is more prepared than he is," Wathan said. "Between starts, he works as hard as anybody I have been around."

What was interesting was how economical Biddle was. He threw 104 pitches, not a high total when considering all the strikeouts.

"I think the point that he had a low pitch count with 16 strikeouts was very impressive," Wathan said. ". . .It was very impressive the way he was going after guys, commanding all his pitches."

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