Biddle Agrees to Terms
Jesse Biddle understands it could be a few years before he pitches for the Phillies, but wearing a Phillies jersey and cap this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park he could not help but feel he is ready to strike out the Florida Marlins lineup.
Biddle vs. the National League East could happen eventually, but the Phillies think it might be 2014 at the earliest before it does.
Biddle, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound left-hander who the Phillies selected in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, agreed to terms on a contract worth $1.16 million. He will travel to Clearwater, Fla., next week to begin workouts in extended Spring Training and is expected to be in the rotation for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies when their schedule opens later this month.
If everything goes well, the Phillies think Biddle could be in the big leagues in four to five years.
“I’m getting the start tonight,” he joked. “Roy Halladay is now the No. 2.”