Phils draft local lefty

JESSE BIDDLE TALKS EXCLUSIVELY WITH HIGH HOPES’ OWN MATTHEW NADU LATER TONIGHT.

By MATTHEW NADU
Staff Writer — matthew.nadu@yahoo.com
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Phillies No. 1 draft pick Jesse Biddle receives high-fives from Germantown Friends teammates.

Jesse Biddle flew off the Philadelphia Phillies draft board at 94 miles per hour.

Actually that’s the speed of the lefty’s fastball which impressed the reigning National League Champs so much, when the Mt. Airy native shot down I-95 last Wednesday for a private pitching session, that they scooped up the 18-year old in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

The Germantown Friends School grad was selected as the 27th overall pick.

A dream come true for a local kid. Yet the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder brings a bit of situation for the hometown team:
On May 4th Biddle committed to the University of Oregon.

One quick flash of World Series bling should end Duck season in no time.

Philadelphia went into Monday’s draft in need of a power left-handed pitcher and the organization believes Biddle will be their guy of the future.

Please to all you out there still hanging on, let go of Kyle Drabek.

To compliment Biddle’s fastball he also has a curveball, changeup and most recently a slider.

This slew of pitches helped Biddle, who ranked #41 on RivalsHigh Top100 baseball prospect list, fan 140 batters in 59 1/3 on way to an Umbaldo Jimenez (look him up) like 1.06 ERA and a 9-2 record his senior season.

Impressive numbers for a high schooler but the minors will present more than just physical obstacles for Biddle.

Mentally he must be able to handle the pressure of better hitters, more stress and ultimately some level of failure.

But that’s just another reason the Phillies are sold on Biddle, his top-notch confidence and composure are key in his development on route to the big leagues.

Now if he could only hit…

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