All-star Biddle can only watch

Reading's Jesse Biddle , a 21-year-old out of Germantown Friends, is 3-8 with a 3.09 ERA this year. MARC NARDUCCI / Staff
Reading's Jesse Biddle , a 21-year-old out of Germantown Friends, is 3-8 with a 3.09 ERA this year. MARC NARDUCCI / Staff
Posted: July 12, 2013

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Reading lefthander Jesse Biddle was not successful at politicking. Biddle attended Wednesday's Eastern League All-Star Game, knowing that he would not be pitching.

Biddle will pitch Sunday in the Futures Game at New York's Citi Field, and the Phillies wanted him to pitch in only one of the two games so he could remain on his schedule.

In fact, Biddle is scheduled to pitch in Reading's game Thursday against New Hampshire.

"I wanted to throw at least to one lefthander here," Biddle said before the game. "The Phillies have a schedule and I don't want to fight it."

Biddle is 3-8 with a 3.09 ERA.

An all-star gamer

Mark Minicozzi was out of baseball at the beginning of last season. Now the 30-year-old Conestoga High graduate is leading the Eastern League with a .341 average for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, a San Francisco farm team.

Minicozzi began his career with the Giants organization. Early last season he visited Richmond manager Dave Machemer when the Flying Squirrels played at Reading.

The next thing Minicozzi knew, he was taking batting practice and he eventually signed with the Giants. He is injury-free after undergoing six surgeries on his wrist, shoulder, elbow, and back in addition to having a sports hernia and an appendectomy.

On Wednesday he was a member of the Western Division all-star team.

"I guess it shows a lot of perseverance," Minicozzi said. "It's been a blessing to stay healthy, and all the hard work has paid off."

Reading's all-stars

With Biddle not pitching, Reading righthander Seth Rosin, who was acquired in last year's trade for Hunter Pence, was added to the all-star team. Rosin is 6-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 18 starts.

"I know I was a late addition, but I was really excited," said Rosin, who pitched a scoreless inning. "I was speechless when I was first informed, especially since I have never been to a minor-league all-star game."

Also on the team from Reading were first baseman Jim Murphy (.289, 15 home runs, 54 RBIs) and second baseman Albert Cartwright (.254, 51 runs, 15 steals).

Scouting the talent

Numerous major-league scouts were at the game, including two from the Phillies. With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, the minor leagues will be heavily scouted. The top prospect in Baseball America's midseason top 50 at the game was righthander Jameson Taillon of Altoona (Pirates). He is ranked 11th but opted not to compete in the game. The only Phillies prospect in the top 50 was Biddle, ranked 43d.

West beats East

The Western Division beat the Eastern Division (which includes Reading), 5-0. Javier Herrera, a 28-year-old outfielder for Richmond, hit a three-run home run and was named MVP. Reading's Cartwright was 1 for 2 with a double, and Murphy was 0 for 2.

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