Today, Jesse Biddle is in New Britain to be part of the Eastern League All-Star festivities with teammates Seth Rosin, Albert Cartwright, Jr., and Jim Murphy. He will not play in tonight’s game since he’s slated to start for Reading tomorrow (Thursday). He and Maikel Franco will be in New York City over the weekend to play in the Futures Game (nationally televised at 2:00 PM, Sunday on ESPN2).
After that, there’s no telling what Jesse’s schedule will be for the rest of season. The Fightin Phils have three home games to start out the week of July 14, so stayed tuned, there’s a good chance Biddle will be out on the mound seeking his 4th win fairly soon after a weekend of hanging out with the other top 49 minor leaguers of the 2013 season.
Also, Mike Drago’s excellent piece, “For the record, Biddle frustrated,” is in the Reading Eagle today and it details the tale of the tape for Jesse Biddle’s Reading Fightin Phils season so far. Run production to support Jesse’s efforts hasn’t been there for him this season, and so, he has a record of 3-8. He’s also walked more batters than he wants to. We don’t know the stats on this, but it sure seems like every walk is either on a 3-0 count or a 3-2 count. Maybe that’s the case with all advanced pitchers. Still, Drago’s piece goes way into what at least on the surface is probably a frustrating season for Jesse. You can find it clicking “For the record, Biddle frustrated.”
The Philadelphia Daily News also ran a story today by John Murrow called “Biddle biding his time waiting for shot in the majors.” If you listen to Phillies sports talk radio shows, you hear a lot of folks complaining about how the Phils wait too long to bring up their young prospects. It depends on your definition of “too long” maybe. On-the-job training is always an interesting ride no matter what your profession, but the more prepared you are, we imagine, the easier it is to succeed in front of 45,000 rather opinionated fans every five-days. It’s awesome to see Darin Ruff up and getting a shot in The Bigs again, but if he hits a cold spell, how long will it be before fans start demanding a replacement?
Jesse’s ready now. The question is: are the fans?
See you out there.