Lefthander Jesse Biddle, The Inquirer’s No. 5 Phillies prospect, had an encouraging performance on Tuesday for the Clearwater Threshers.
Biddle threw five no-hit innings, striking out five and walking one in a 4-0 win over the Daytona Cubs. He threw 64 pitches, 45 for strikes.
“I saw a really tough breaking pitch and he was attacking hitters,” Clearwater manager Nelson Prada said by phone.
Prada added that Biddle's fastball stayed in the 90-92 MPH range.
After allowing 10 earned runs in three innings on June 23 for Reading, the Phillies decided to send Biddle to Florida to regroup and work on mechanics.
On July 26 he threw two innings for the Gulf Coast League Phillies, allowing one earned run.
Biddle will make his next start for Clearwater Aug. 11 at Brevard County.
After that game the Phillies will reassess his situation.
“If things continue in a positive way like they have then I think it’s realistic he could be pitching back up north before the end of the season,” said Joe Jordan, the Phillies director of player development.
Biddle, who turns 23 in October, was the Phillies first round draft pick in 2010 (27th overall) out of Germantown Friends.
This year in his second season at Reading, he was 3-9 with a 5.03 ERA.