5 Minor Details
1. The development of Reading lefthander Jesse Biddle continues. The Inquirer's No. 3 Phillies prospect is 3-4 with a 3.18 ERA and has allowed three or fewer earned runs in his last four appearances. Biddle has 61 strikeouts and 24 walks in 562/3 innings. "His fastball command is getting better," Reading manager Dusty Wathan said. "It is not where we want it ultimately, but it is getting better." As for his other pitches, Wathan gives him good grades. "His curveball has always been there," Wathan said. "His change-up is getting better every time out and he is using it more." Wathan said the change-up is a big pitch for any starter, especially one who has a good fastball.
2. Righthander Ethan Martin, who began the season on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder, is attempting to regain his form at Lehigh Valley. "His stuff isn't quite back to where it was," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, but he has had no physical setbacks. "He is fine, there is no weird soreness after he throws," Jordan said. "We are kind of waiting for him to build arm strength." Martin, The Inquirer's No. 8 Phillies prospect, made 15 appearances last year with the Phils, eight as a starter. He entered the weekend with a 1.59 ERA in four relief appearances with the IronPigs.
3. Righthander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez struggled in his second outing for Clearwater. Gonzalez, who signed a three-year, $12 million contract, began the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. On Tuesday he lasted just 21/3 innings against St. Lucie. He allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits, walked five, and struck out one. Jordan said he had no health problems in the game. In two games for Clearwater, Gonzalez has a 6.14 ERA in seven innings, with seven walks and two strikeouts.
5. Reading catcher Tommy Joseph, The Inquirer's No. 7 prospect, is in Clearwater receiving treatment for his sprained left wrist. Jordan said he did not know when Joseph would resume baseball activity. Reading outfielder Kelly Dugan, The Inquirer's No. 13 Phillies prospect, remains sidelined with an oblique injury. He is also rehabbing in Clearwater.