None of the Phillies’ prospects are very heralded by the national media.
Most are pitchers, and bullpen/back of the rotation guys at that. But, regardless of their skill and which of them have been traded for Hunter Pence, there are still a number of them, and therefore, they can be ranked.
At the top of those ranks sits Jesse Biddle; the Phillies’ first overall pick in 2010, a 6′ 4″ lefty who can finally legally drink. He’s spent time in the bowels of the system, but is surfacing this year in double-A with the Fightins, for whom he just last night made his home debut.
And he did it like somebody else’s #1 prospect.
Not a Harrisburg Senator came to the plate whom he didn’t at some point during the night humiliate at the plate with a K, save the catcher Sandy Leon. The first 19 batters he faced didn’t touch a base path. Not even the Nationals’ prize jewel Brian Goodwin could withstand Biddle’s arm, adding three strikeouts to the kid’s total all on his own.
A total that reached 16 within seven innings, a feat never before accomplished in Reading colors (regardless of what they’ve been). Kyle Simon came on to finish things off in the eighth and ninth innings, and in that time he surrendered more hits (3) and runs (2) than Biddle did in the first seven (Biddle gave up one hit and no runs).
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) April 23, 2013
In the mean time, Kyle Simon has resolved to make some changes of his own.
Someday I will have a frat boy upper body
— Kyle Simon (@TreeSimon) April 23, 2013