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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. 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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