Biddle (elbow) was traded to the Pirates on Wednesday, CSN Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury reports. He was designated for assignment last week, but considering his previous status as a highly-touted prospect, it is not surprising that the Phillies received interest in Biddle. Back in 2012 he was electric at times, flashing a beautiful curveball with great shape and depth, but poor command and a fringe fastball led to him getting hit hard in the upper levels of the minors, and he now serves as a cautionary tale for prospect hounds who fall in love with pitchers with incomplete repertoires in the lower levels. That said, the Pirates might be the best developmental organization for pitchers, so this is an ideal spot for Biddle to try to salvage his professional career. This has very little fantasy impact, however, as Biddle will miss all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the fall, so it won't be clear what the Pirates have in Biddle until 2017. He will likely spend all of 2016 on the 60-day DL.
Biddle was designated for assignment Friday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. This move was made to make room on the 40-man roster for Bobby LaFromboise, who was claimed off waivers by the Phillies on Friday. Biddle, a former first-round pick and top prospect, has struggled to find his command throughout his career, posting BB/9 rates ranging from 3.42 to 5.50 over the past five seasons. To make matters worse, Biddle underwent Tommy John surgery in October and will miss the entire 2016 season. It could be a while before the 24-year-old is even on the radar for fantasy purposes.
Phillies starting pitcher prospect Jesse Biddle is seeking a second opinion on his sore elbow after being examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti, CSN Philadelphia reports. Interim GM Scott Proefrock would not say what the results were of the exam with Ciccotti. He only would say "there's some concern" about Biddle's elbow. Biddle was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley at the end of August with what was called a left shoulder strain at the time.
Phillies left-hander Jesse Biddle was among the six players optioned to minor-league camp on Monday, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. Adam Morgan, Ethan Martin, and Sean O'Sullivan, catcher John Hester and Aaron Altherr were also sent down with Biddle.
Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure said that pitching prospect Jesse Biddle is still growing as a pitcher but needs to trust his stuff, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I want to see him fill the zone up," he said. "He's got too good of stuff to be picking or fooling around. He's got three major-league pitches, and I'd like to see him fill the zone up better. It's too many balls, too many high pitches." McClure added that Biddle's goal this season should be to become a "strike-throwing machine." Biddle made 16 starts for Double-A Reading in 2014, going 3-10 with a 5.05 ERA and 80:44 K:BB ratio in 82 innings.