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Evaluating the Ben Revere Trade

(Photo via SI.com)

(Photo via SI.com)

Charlie Manuel wanted a centerfielder who can catch and cover ground, naming Michael Bourn as his first example.

Ruben Amaro got his manager the next best thing, and at a much cheaper price than the supposed $18 million a year Bourn wants.

The Phillies acquired 24-year-old centerfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Vance Worley and top pitching prospect Trevor May.

The trade sent shock waves through the fanbase. “Why would we give up Worley?” “Isn’t May a good prospect?” “Who the hell is Ben Revere? Didn’t he ride a horse?”

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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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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.

News: 6/9/10

HAPP REHABS — J.A. Happ finally got on the mound against hitting that meant a darn on Tuesday. He pitched three innings of re-hab for High-A Clearwater, allowing only two runs and fanning one. Happ hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 15 when he injured his forearm on his throwing arm. Not much else was reported in the outing other than reports he wasn’t too impressive and would need at least one more re-hab outing before he rejoins the Phillies.

The Phillies rotation has held up surprisingly well, much better than expected. The return of Happ will bolster the Phillies pitching group hopefully in the both the bull pen and rotation. I can see Happ starting out in the pen before he makes his first start with the Phillies, hopefully swapping spots with Kyle Kendrick. Happ is 1-0 in two starts, not allowing a single earned run and striking out five. His WHIP is a little high at 1.65, suggesting he would be due to give up some runs. But after two months of not pitching, he will return a brand new pitcher and those April stats will mean nothing.

BIDDLE SIGNS WITH PHILS — A day after being drafted with the 27th pick, Jesse Biddle agreed to terms with the Phillies that he won’t sign and make official until Friday when he graduates high school.

Scouts were impressed with Biddle, whose fastball hits 94 MPH. Scout directer Marti Wolever also went on to compare Biddle to Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

Homers Hurt Hamels

Cole Hamels had a no-hitter going into the seventh but that was ended abruptly. San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Hairston hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning en route to a 3-1 victory over the Phillies, splitting the four-game series.

Hamels pitched eight innings, allowing only two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six. Wade LeBlanc got the win for the Friars, pitching seven shut out innings and allowing four runs and a walk while walking two strike outs.

The Phillies got their lone run in the ninth when Ryan Howard hit an RBI double. Jayson Werth followed that up with a strike out to end the game. Howard’s double was the only extra base-hit of the game for the Phillies.

Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs, and two RBIs. Hairston also had two hits, one being a homer.

Doubles: Howard (9).

WP: LeBlanc (3-4). LP: Hamels (5-5). S: H. Bell (16).

Boxscore.

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The Phillies drafted Jesse Biddle with the 27th pick of the amateur draft today. The 18-year-old left-handed pitcher stands at 6-foot-5, 235-pounds and pitched at the Germantown Friends School. He is the highest-picked local talent in Phillies history.

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