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Jesse Biddle, Maikel Franco going to New York for Futures Game

The Phillies will showcase their top two prospects, Jesse Biddle and Maikel Franco, in July's annual Futures Game at Citi Field.

Jesse Biddle, Maikel Franco going to New York for Futures Game

Left-hander Jesse Biddle. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer)
Left-hander Jesse Biddle. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer)

SAN DIEGO — The Phillies will showcase their top two prospects in July's annual Futures Game at Citi Field. Jesse Biddle and Maikel Franco were named to the United States and World rosters, respectively, Wednesday. They are the lone representatives from the organization.

Biddle, the lefthander from Germantown Friends, has a 3.29 ERA in 14 starts at double-A Reading. Constantly under a microscope because of his local ties, the 21-year-old pitcher has followed a linear progression through the minors. Opposing hitters are batting .189 against him but he has walked 4.8 hitters per nine innings.

Franco, 20, shot up the prospect rankings with a fast start to 2013. He was promoted last week to double-A Reading and batted .524 in his first five games there. For the season, he is hitting .316 with 18 home runs and is regarded by scouts as an above-average third baseman.

The Futures Game will be played July 14, the Sunday before the all-star break, at Citi Field.

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The talent is far better than what the Phillies submitted a season ago in Kansas City. The night before the game, reliever Lisalverto Bonilla injured his right thumb while clowning around with teammates in a hotel room. He was traded to Texas as a part of the Michael Young deal and has a 8.14 ERA at triple A.

Julio Rodriguez was the other Phillies player in the game. He allowed a three-run homer and was traded to Baltimore last spring. He has pitched just twice in the Orioles system.

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