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April 24, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle struck out 16 batters Monday night as the Reading Fightin Phils beat the host Harrisburg Senators, 3-2. Biddle, a former Germantown Friends star, allowed one hit and two walks in seven shutout innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.16.
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April 29, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle continues to mow down hitters in the Eastern League. Biddle struck out 10 batters and allowed one hit over six shutout innings Sunday as the host Reading Fightin Phils beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 2-1, in 12 innings. Last Monday, the former Germantown Friends star struck out 16 in a 3-2 victory in Harrisburg. The 21-year-old lefthander walked three New Hampshire batters. He has a 1.74 ERA.  
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April 29, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 9, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jesse Biddle was so good in April that there were pleas from fans in Philadelphia to get him to the big leagues immediately. The reports from double-A Reading were astonishingly good, with the highlight being a seven-inning, one-hit performance at Harrisburg that included 16 strikeouts. He followed that with a one-hit performance over six innings against New Hampshire that included 10 strikeouts. Around that same time, however, Biddle began having coughing fits. He'd wake up in the morning with headaches and eventually had to see a doctor.
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October 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jesse Biddle, the Phillies' former first-round draft pick from Germantown Friends School, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, interim general manager Scott Proefrock said Sunday. Team physician Michael Ciccotti will perform the operation on Oct. 14 in Philadelphia. The typical recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 12 to 18 months. Biddle recently went for a second opinion, which confirmed Ciccotti's diagnosis. The 23-year-old lefthander finished his season with triple-A Lehigh Valley on the disabled list with a shoulder strain.
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April 18, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
READING - During spring training, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. raved about the weight that Jesse Biddle had dropped. After pitching six strong innings in his third Double A start on Tuesday night, the Phillies' top prospect shared the details. His first season of professional baseball, Biddle weighed 250 pounds, with 22 percent body fat. Three years later, he says, he is a chiseled 215 pounds with 5 percent body fat. "It's just been a lot of hard work," Biddle said. "I changed the diet, first of all. That's the first thing that my trainer and my parents and my doctor said to me: Change the diet, and everything's going to happen.
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April 18, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - Jesse Biddle's first home start in such close proximity to his home was an interesting one. Despite a wild conclusion, it was an impressive start for the Philadelphia native whose Mount Airy home is about 60 miles from FirstEnergy Stadium. Biddle, the Phillies' 2010 first-round pick out of Germantown Friends School, pitched six sensational innings for the double-A Reading Fightin Phils Tuesday night. He allowed just one run on four hits while using his arsenal - fastball, curveball, and change-up - to strike out eight batters.
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April 25, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Dusty Wathan played 14 minor-league seasons, and this is his sixth year managing in the Phillies system. But the Reading Fightin Phils manager is having a difficult time recalling a more impressive performance than the one that lefthander Jesse Biddle delivered Monday. The Phillies prospect pitched seven shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out 16 in a 3-2 win over the Harrisburg Senators, the double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Biddle had a perfect game before he walked a batter with one out in the seventh inning.
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November 12, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
PHOENIX - The plan was for Jesse Biddle to go to Puerto Rico and make up some of the innings he lost during his disastrous 2014 season in the Phillies' minor-league system. Like so many of the team's recent plans, it went awry. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday at the general managers meetings that Biddle has returned to Philadelphia after just two appearances with his Puerto Rican winter league team because of a sore elbow. Biddle left with a 0-1 record and a 15.19 ERA for Mayaguez.
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April 8, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reading lefthander Jesse Biddle is ranked as the No. 1 Phillies minor-league prospect by The Inquirer and several other publications, but he entered the season with a simple goal - to get off to a better start. A 2010 first-round draft choice out of Germantown Friends, Biddle has had rough going the last two Aprils, first at low single-A Lakewood in 2011 and again last season at high-A Clearwater. He went a combined 0-5 with a 6.45 ERA in those two Aprils. But Biddle bounced back both seasons.
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February 5, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
If Jesse Biddle is to revive his career, the Germantown Friends product is at least headed to a haven for pitching reclamation projects. The Phillies on Wednesday traded the former first-round pick to Pittsburgh for Yoervis Medina, a 27-year-old reliever. Biddle, 24, had been designated for assignment last week. He will miss the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October. As the Phillies stockpiled young pitchers, Biddle's value to his hometown organization was diminished.
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February 5, 2016
With Jesse Biddle traded to Pittsburgh, the Phillies will have just 47 games played by their first draft picks from 2003 to 2011 after an unparalleled run of success from the 1998 to 2002 drafts. Not all the players below were taken in the first round, but they were the Phillies' first picks in those drafts. Year   Player    Pick No.    Games with Phils    1998    Pat Burrell    1st   1,306    1999    Brett Myers    12th   240    2000    Chase Utley    15th   1,585    2001    Gavin Floyd    4th   24    2002    Cole Hamels   17th   295    2003    Tim Moss    85th    0    2004    Greg Golson   21st   6    2005   Mike Costanzo    65th   0    2006    Kyle Drabek    18th   0    2007    Joe Savery    19th    41    2008    Anthony Hewitt   24th   0    2009    Kelly Dugan    75th   0    2010    Jesse Biddle    27th    0    2011    Larry Greene    39th   0    2012    Shane Watson    40th    0*    2013    J.P.
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February 2, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Jesse Biddle had just finished getting a haircut at his favorite barber shop in Mount Airy on Friday afternoon when a two-word text message from Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock popped up on his phone. Call me. The pitcher the Phillies selected in the first round of the 2010 draft knew bad news probably awaited him. Still, it jolted him. "Yeah, in a lot of ways it did," Biddle said Sunday during a telephone interview. "I think in the back of my head I was always a little worried about it because this is not a good time to be hurt when the organization is obviously making a lot of moves to get younger by picking up a lot of prospects.
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January 31, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Jesse Biddle, the Germantown Friends graduate and former first-round pick, was designated for assignment Friday by the Phillies in a transaction that could end the lefty's once-promising time with his hometown team. The Phillies replaced Biddle on the 40-man roster with a waiver claim - reliever Bobby LaFromboise, a 29-year-old lefthander with a 3.63 ERA in 27 career games. Biddle, 24, will miss the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October. The Phillies have 10 days to either trade, release or waive Biddle.
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October 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jesse Biddle, the Phillies' former first-round draft pick from Germantown Friends School, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, interim general manager Scott Proefrock said Sunday. Team physician Michael Ciccotti will perform the operation on Oct. 14 in Philadelphia. The typical recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 12 to 18 months. Biddle recently went for a second opinion, which confirmed Ciccotti's diagnosis. The 23-year-old lefthander finished his season with triple-A Lehigh Valley on the disabled list with a shoulder strain.
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September 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Ryan Howard traveled with the Phillies to Atlanta on Thursday and occupied his normal corner stall in the Turner Field visitors clubhouse before Friday night's series opener against the Braves. The 35-year-old first baseman did not play for the third straight game, but he could return to the field soon. Barring a setback, interim general manager Scott Proefrock said Friday he thinks Howard, who sustained a left knee contusion on Monday, will play before the end of the team's nine-game road trip.
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July 31, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer
MOOSIC, Pa. - In middle school, Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle was at a crossroads. Already 6-4 by the time he finished eighth grade, Biddle knew he had a bright future in sports, but he wasn't sure whether that future included a baseball field or a basketball court. "I really thought I was going to be 7 feet tall," Biddle said. "When I was in eighth grade, I was just like towering over everybody on the basketball court, and I was like, 'Man . . . I like basketball, I don't like it as much as baseball, but if I'm going to be 7 feet tall, I better learn how to post up or something.' " Biddle, a Mount Airy native, made the varsity basketball team as a freshman at Germantown Friends School, but he quickly learned great height doesn't always equal great success on the court.
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July 10, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Jesse Biddle waited more than five years to reach triple A. It was unprecedented for a Phillies first-round pick. The wait finally ended Wednesday night, but Biddle's debut was unsatisfying. Biddle allowed seven runs on five hits in just 21/3 innings against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The lefthander walked six batters, including four in the third inning. He struck out one batter and threw 74 pitches, 33 of which were for strikes. Biddle was removed from the game with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning.
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July 9, 2015
LOS ANGELES - Even though the Phillies needed a starting pitcher for Saturday in San Francisco, Aaron Nola's major-league debut will not come until after the all-star break next week. Nola, the organization's top pitching prospect, was not considered an option to start Saturday, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday. The Phillies created the rotation opening by outrighting struggling righthander Sean O'Sullivan off the 40-man roster after a 10-7 loss to the Dodgers on Monday.
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June 16, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Aaron Nola is one step away from joining the Phillies. The team's top pitching prospect was promoted to triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday afternoon. Nola made 12 starts this season at double-A Reading. He was 7-3 with a 1.88 ERA. The righthander struck out 59 batters in 762/3 innings. "We kind of had this date in our mind for a while," said Joe Jordan, the team's director of player development. "There's nothing magical about today versus five days ago. We thought it was important for him to spend the amount of time that he spent in double A. Obviously, he performed very well and it's time to go. "I feel very confident that Aaron is going to be himself and do what he does.
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