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July 11, 2013

Minor League Update

USA Futures Game Roster Edition

by Zach Mortimer


Pitchers:

Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 93.1 IP, 66 H, 32 ER, 46 BB, 102 K, 3.09 ERA, 17 GS, 3-8

Biddle uses a four-pitch mix (fastball/curveball/slider/changeup). Biddle’s fastball works in the low 90s but can touch the mid 90s when needed. His best pitch is the curveball, a big breaker with depth at 72-75 mph that has plus potential. When I saw him, he flashed a good changeup at 74-77 that had solid-average potential, but he was inconsistent with it and did not trust it completely. Lastly, Biddle threw an average slider at 80-82, which could be a usable pitch, but was not going to create many swings and misses. Biddle has taken strides to get himself into fantastic shape after questions about what his body would eventually look like hurt him on draft day. For me, Biddle is an excellent number-four starter that will be able to log innings; some that really like him could see him in a number-three role.

Archie Bradley, RHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 104.2 IP, 83 H, 24 ER, 44 BB, 115 K, 1.79 ERA, 18 GS, 8-4

Bradley has vaulted to the top of the list of pitching prospects. He features an upper-90s fastball, a plus-plus curveball, and a solid-average changeup. Bradley also has a prototypical frame for pitching that he combines with excellent athleticism. If Bradley did not sign with the Diamondbacks, he was headed to Oklahoma to play quarterback. The compilation of all of that leads me to believe that Bradley could pitch as a top-of-the-rotation starter in the near future.

Eddie Butler, RHP, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 103.1 IP, 65 H, 25 ER, 39 BB, 102 K, 2.18 ERA, 18 GS, 8-3

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