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Phillies Prospect Jesse Biddle Nearly Tosses No Hitter

The Philadelphia Phillies are very high on pitching prospect Jesse Biddle and are choosing to bring their 2010 first-round pick along slowly. Biddle is likely forcing the Phillies to move him to double-A starting next season, as he has little left to prove at single-A Clearwater. Biddle put the exclamation point on that sentiment by tossing seven no-hit innings on Friday night against Brevard County.

Philly.com relayed the news about Biddle's big night. Despite throwing just 98 pitches and striking out 12 batters in seven innings of no-hit work, Biddle was pulled before the eighth, emphasizing that the Phillies organization is going to protect their up-and-comer as much as possible. Or perhaps, in the wake of all the recent Stephen Strasburg discussion, as much as is reasonable.

The combined no-hit bid for Clearwater was broken up with a single with one out in the ninth inning.

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