By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s pretty rare in baseball that a majority of fans are familiar with a player from the day he is drafted out of high school. Usually, even when a player is selected high up, his progress isn’t closely followed until he is on the cusp of making the big leagues.
That has not been the case with Jesse Biddle.
But that’s what happens when a Philadelphia kid gets drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia Phillies.
A high-school star at Germantown Friends School, Biddle was the Phillies’ first-round pick in 2010 (27th overall), and he has had the attention of fans since signing. Now 21 years old, the lefthander is a member of the AA Reading Fightin Phils’ starting rotation and, as he has in his entire pro career to this point, getting better and better.
“I think I’m starting to make the improvements that I want to make,” Biddle told KYW Newsradio on Sunday, prior to Reading’s game with Trenton. “(I) went through probably a few outings in the middle of the season where I was just going through kind of what seems to be the natural minor league baseball progression of highs and lows. You’ve just got to keep working and work your way out of it.”