Biddle, Morgan In BA’s FSL Top 20

Two Phillies, including 2011 BlueClaws LHP Jesse Biddle, made Baseball America’s Florida State League Top 20 prospects lis

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Biddle, the Phillies first round pick in 2010, ranked 10th while LHP Adam Morgan, the Phillies 3rd round pick in 2011 (University of Alabama), ranked 12th.

Biddle went 10-6 with a 3.22 ERA for Clearwater this year, striking out 151 hitters in 143 innings of work.

“His command of his fastball got better,” said Chris Truby, who managed Biddle in both Lakewood and Clearwater the last two years. “And I thought his breaking ball became more consistent. He’s now throwing it for strikes. It’s not just a swing-and-miss pitch, he buries it.”

He ranked 3rd in the league in ERA and after a slowish start (10 ER in his first 11.1 innings), he pitched to a sparkling 2.74 ERA in his final 23 starts, allowing three ER or less in 20 of those 23 games. He saved perhaps his two best games for the end of the year – throwing seven no-hit innings with two walks and 12 Ks on August 17th and following that up with seven more scoreless innings on two hits with 9 Ks on August 23rd.

Morgan pitched 2011 with Williamsport and skipped Lakewood, pitching to a 3.29 ERA in 20 games with Clearwater (133 Ks/28 BBs in 119 innings). He made his final six starts of the year with Reading, going 4-1, 3.53.

While 2011 BlueClaw Austin Wright, who was drafted that year in the 8th round from Ole Miss, didn’t make the list, I’m sure he was pretty close, after going 11-5, 3.47 with Clearwater this year. He fanned 133 in 147 innings.

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Two Phillies, including 2011 BlueClaws LHP Jesse Biddle, made Baseball America’s Florida State League Top 20 prospects listing.
Biddle, the Phillies first round pick in 2010, ranked 10th while LHP Adam Morgan, the Phillies 3rd round pick in 2011 (University of Alabama), ranked 12th.
Biddle went 10-6 with a 3.22 ERA for Clearwater this year, striking out 151 hitters in 143 innings of work.
“His command of his fastball got better,” said Chris Truby, who managed Biddle in both Lakewood and Clearwater the last two years. “And I thought his breaking ball became more consistent. He’s now throwing it for strikes. It’s not just a swing-and-miss pitch, he buries it.”
He ranked 3rd in the league in ERA and after a slowish start (10 ER in his first 11.1 innings), he pitched to a sparkling 2.74 ERA in his final 23 starts, allowing three ER or less in 20 of those 23 games. He saved perhaps his two best games for the end of the year – throwing seven no-hit innings with two walks and 12 Ks on August 17th and following that up with seven more scoreless innings on two hits with 9 Ks on August 23rd.
Morgan pitched 2011 with Williamsport and skipped Lakewood, pitching to a 3.29 ERA in 20 games with Clearwater (133 Ks/28 BBs in 119 innings). He made his final six starts of the year with Reading, going 4-1, 3.53.
While 2011 BlueClaw Austin Wright, who was drafted that year in the 8th round from Ole Miss, didn’t make the list, I’m sure he was pretty close, after going 11-5, 3.47 with Clearwater this year. He fanned 133 in 147 innings.
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