Reading Fightin Phils starting pitcher Jesse Biddle was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Tuesday night's game in Reading.
In 15 starts with the Fightins this season, Biddle was 7-2 with a 4.24 ERA over 80.2 innings. He also struck 57 batters while walking 34. His seven wins are tied for second-most among Eastern League pitchers.
A first round pick of the Phillies in 2010, Biddle has played with the Fightins for the past three seasons where he has posted a 15-26 record with 4.18 ERA over 58 starts. The left-handed pitcher is ranked as the no.8 prospect in the system according to MLB.com and prior to the 2014 season, was the Phillies' top minor league arm.
The Philadelphia native began his Fightins career in 2013 in quite the big way by capturing Eastern League Player of the Month honors for April after taking a perfect game into the seventh inning and setting a franchise record (1988-present) with 16 strikeouts, besting the mark of 13 held by Adam Walker (2001) and Randy Wolf (1999). He finished the season tied for first in the Eastern League in starts (27), tied for second in complete games (2), ranked third in strikeouts (114), and finished 9th in ERA (3.64). Biddle was also named to the Futures Game and the Eastern League All-Star Game during the 2013 season.
After a injury-plagued season in 2014, Biddle bounced back as part of a starting rotation that featured five of the Phillies top 10 prospects (Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin, Ben Lively, and Tom Windle). In all but three of his starts this season, Biddle has held opponents to three earned runs or less. In June 2015, the Germantown Friends product went 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA over five starts.
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