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Phillies Draft Discussion

With the 27th pick in the first round of the MLB draft the Phillies took local product Jesse Biddle. Our MLB draft experts at MLB Bonus Baby have the scouting report.

Jesse Biddle jumped onto the prospect scene thanks to his eye-catching size on the mound. However, don’t let the Philadelphia native fool you, he packs plenty of athleticism into his body. The first thing you’ll always hear about Biddle is how much scouts drool over his projectability, and some would compare his projectability favorably to almost any lefty in the entire 2010 prep class. Biddle’s current pitch mix is good as well, despite being a cold-weather pitcher. His fastball is usually an upper-80s pitch that touches 92 with good life, and if he learns how to utilize his size and throw on a downhill plane, he could be a true power pitcher with groundball tendencies

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Our Phillies blog, The Good Phight, was satisfied with the pick.

the Phillies didn't grab the absolute most talented player on the board, but it's by no means a bad pick.  Power lefties don't grow on trees, and the Phillies should probably get the benefit of the doubt with Biddle being from their backyard (they did, after all, do pretty well in focusing on and then drafting New Jersey hurler Jason Knapp back in 2008).