February 5, 2016 |
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.
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.
February 2, 2016 |
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.
January 31, 2016 |
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.
October 6, 2015 |
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.
September 20, 2015 |
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.
July 31, 2015 |
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.
July 10, 2015 |
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.
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.
June 16, 2015 |
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.