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Prospect Report: Jesse Biddle

Threshers LHP Jesse Biddle (Photo by Bryan Greene/Flickr)

Position: Starting pitcher
Age: 21
Prospect Level: Top prospect (2nd according to BaseballAmerica.com)
Team: 
Clearwater (Single-A+)
2012 Minor League Stats: 26 starts, 10-6, 3.22 ERA, 142.2 IP, 151 K.

Season in Review: Local product and former first round pick Jesse Biddle began his first season at Class A Clearwater with lofty expectations.

Biddle had a very good 2012 season as he had his highest win total in his Phillies career with 10. The Germantown Friends product tossed his first complete game in nearly two years.

The Threshers left-hander tossed seven no-hit innings against Brevard County on Aug. 17. Biddle also struck out 12 batters in that contest.

In 2012, Biddle shaved down his walks total and struck out 27 more batters in only a few more innings than in 2011 with the Lakewood Blue Claws.

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Phillies Catcher Prospect Joseph Heads Arizona Fall League List

Reading C Tommy Joseph (Ralph Trout/Reading Phillies)

With the offseason still young for the Phillies, today is the first day of the Arizona Fall League.

Typically in this lead, teams send a handful of top prospects to work on their skills in the offseason. The Phillies will send seven players to the Peoria Javelinas, which is managed by Reading manager Dusty Wathan. (Wathan is considered the top candidate to manage the IronPigs next season with Ryne Sandberg getting a Major League promotion with the Phillies.)

Heading the list of seven is catcher Tommy Joseph, who the Phillies acquired from the Giants as the main piece for Hunter Pence. In 108 games between Richmond and Reading, Joseph .257 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs.

Joseph could most likely repeat Double-A with his numbers being down from 2011. In high Single-A San Jose in 2011, Joseph hit .270 with 22 home runs and 95 RBIs.

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Down on the Pharm: Pigs Dominating International League

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
Record: 52-39 (1st in North Division)
How the Team is Doing: Lehigh Valley went 4-4 this past week and won three out of five against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Kevin Frandsen had a nice week as he hit .303 with 10 hits in 33 at-bats. The IronPigs are starting to get some players back in their lineup as Hector Luna and Michael Martinez were optioned from the Phillies due to the return of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.
Featured Prospect Watch – RP Phillippe Aumont:  Aumont was the main piece in the trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners a few years back. He hasn’t appeared in the major leagues and hasn’t had spectactular numbers in the minors. In 2012, Aumont is 2-1 with a 4.33 ERA with 10 saves. The most surprising stat is he has 23 walks in only 27 innings pitched. He does have 37 strikeouts and hitters are hitting .208 against him.

Utley Will Return Wednesday

UPDATE — 

Soon guys, soon.

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Down on the Pharm: Quality Pitching

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
Record: 25-18 (3rd in North Division)
How the Team is Doing: Lehigh Valley went 5-3 this past week and swept a four-game set against the Indianapolis Indians. Kevin Frandsen enjoyed a strong week at the plate as he hit .333 with an RBI. The IronPigs also saw one of their all-time fan favorites Rich Thompson traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Kyle Hudson who is currently the starting center fielder.
Featured Prospect Watch – SP Tyler Cloyd:  Cloyd is off to a phenomenal start at the AAA level. He is 4-1 with 1.97 ERA in five starts with Lehigh Valley. In Tuesday’s contest against Indianapolis, Cloyd was masterful with his command. He tossed six shutout innings of three-hit ball and got himself out of numerous jams.

Down On the Pharm: A month into the season

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
Record: 13-10 (3rd in North Division)
How the Team is Doing: Lehigh Valley went 2-4 this past week and lost two of three games against Buffalo and Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Dave Bush and Raul Valdes picked up wins in those respective games. Catcher Erik Kratz hit his first two home runs of the season this week.
Featured Prospect Watch – 1B Cody Overbeck:  Overbeck has been one of the best players for the IronPigs in 2012. For the season, he is hitting .304 with a home run and 12 RBIs. Over the past week, Overbeck hit .333 with a pair of RBIs including multi-hit games against Buffalo and Scranton-Wilkes Barre. This is his first full season in AAA and he is off to a great start.

Stars in their eyes: Despite cameras, prospects get busy

J. Savery

While the Phillies are taking an off day, CSN decided to send it’s camera’s to Florida as the Clearwater Threshers took on the Palm Beach Cardinals (St. Louis system).

The game was televised because Phillies stars Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Oswalt were in the line up. But while TTB staff writer Christian Hetrick handles the pros, I will handle the prospects.

Guys who I kept my eye on included LF Jonathan Singleton, 1B/DH Joe Savery and CF Jiwan James.

J. Singleton

The first real play to focus on came in the bottom of the 4th. Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly was cruising through the first three innings but he hit a snag in the bottom of the 4th inning.

After Kelly loaded the bases with no outs, Singleton stepped in to try and do some damage. But he looked very terrible at the plate in that at-bat, striking out on a pitch a foot from the plate for the first out. Read more of this post

Chase Utley will be on your TV tonight

The Phillies are taking the day off today. But it’s not all rest for some Phillies.

At 7PM, Comcast Sports Net will air the Single-A Clearwater Threshers game tonight against the Palm Beach Cardinals.

But why is this game on TV? Because Roy Oswalt, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz are all playing. Yea, that’s right, the Cards are screwed!

Man, imagine having tickets to that game without a clue in the world those three will be down there. Merry Christmas, Clearwaterians.

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