Biddle struck out eight hitters over three shutout frames of relief Saturday in the Braves' 5-3 win over the Nationals in 14 innings. He yielded a hit and two walks in the outing. Biddle nearly put himself on the hook for the loss after loading the bases with two outs in the 11th inning, but he struck out Juan Soto to escape the frame unscathed. He avoided trouble the rest of the afternoon, riding his three-pitch mix to a career-high strikeout total. The 26-year-old seems to have found a niche as a long man in the Atlanta bullpen, as he's posted a solid 2.70 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 24:9 K:BB in 20 innings.
Biddle recorded five strikeouts over two hitless innings of relief in the Braves' 10-1 win over the Phillies on Sunday. Biddle turned in quite the performance against the team that drafted him in the first round in 2010, with only one of the seven batters he faced on the afternoon reaching base. The lefty also made an impact at the dish, recording an RBI double in his first MLB at-bat in the top of the ninth. With Biddle having spun 6.1 scoreless innings over his first four appearances with Atlanta, it looks as though he could stick around in the big leagues longer than initially expected.
Biddle made his big-league debut Saturday, walking one in a scoreless ninth inning to get the win in a 4-3 victory over the Mets. It's been a long, winding road to the majors for the 2010 first-round pick, but Biddle was rewarded for his perseverance when the Braves scored twice in the bottom of the ninth off Mets closer Jeurys Familia. Biddle seems to be taking well to his new bullpen role, posting a 2.57 ERA and 61:17 K:BB in 56 innings over the last two seasons in the minors, but the left-hander's role in the Atlanta bullpen likely won't afford him too many opportunities to generate fantasy value.
Biddle was called up to the majors Wednesday. Biddle will replace Jose Ramirez in the bullpen after Ramirez was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Biddle was a first-round pick by the Phillies back in 2010 but suffered a long run of bad luck, including a hailstorm-related concussion in 2014 and Tommy John surgery in 2015. Converted to a reliever post-surgery, Biddle tossed 49.2 innings with a 2.90 ERA in 2017 for Double-A Mississippi and has yet to give up a run in 6.1 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett so far in 2018.
Biddle was optioned to Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The embattled hurler pitched well in his spring debut Saturday, striking out a batter in a lone scoreless frame, but given that he hasn't appeared in a regular season game since 2015, it comes as no surprise that he'll head to the minors for more seasoning. However, Biddle very well could compete for a spot in the major league bullpen sometime during the season if he performs well in the minors.