Phillies Fans Can Rejoice: Salvation Goes By The Name of Jesse Biddle

True, it’s not pitching that seems to be the problem with the Phillies so far this season—cold bats might be more of a challenge—but forget that for a second so we can pretend that help is just around the corner. Jesse Biddle struck out 16 batters Monday night for the Phils’ Double-A affiliate in Reading, Pa.

“What Jesse did was very exciting,” said Joe Jordan, the Phillies’ director of player development. “To strike out 14 hitters in six innings with 73 pitches is almost impossible to do. That’s like 12 pitches an inning. Very impressive.”

So why isn’t this guy a big leaguer already? Youth and inexperience—and Phillies officials are afraid of rushing a promising player up to the big leagues too soon. But Biddle, it seems, is marked for future greatness.

He’s a total pro,” Jordan said. “It’s all coming together for him –- strength, knowledge, everything.” [Comcast Sports Net]