Unique Insights From Jesse Biddle

I’m not writing this because Jesse Biddle was the Phillies #1 draft pick in 2010, 27th overall in the draft, drawing comparisons to the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.  Nor is he simply the most recent, young left-handed pitcher for the club who may make some noise at the major league level.  It’s mostly because he’s a kid who grew up in Philly, and it’s something special to come up in the system for the team of which you’ve been a fan from birth.  As you listen to this recent interview you’ll hear a thoughtful young man, and that more than anything else is exciting.  One of the interviewers is Phil from Mt. Airy, who apparently umpired Jesse’s games when he was a 10 year-old phenom.  In rare instances when he missed with a pitch, he’d ask Phil when passing home plate: “Where was that pitch, ump?  Thought I painted the black on that one”.  Not because he was cocky;  he simply wanted to know how he could improve.  Jesse had a very strong second half of his season in Single A ball in Lakewood last year, and will be in rookie camp in Clearwater when pitchers and catchers report in 20 days.  When I blogged about Jesse last May he was the side attraction to Shane Victorino’s rehab start in Lakewood.  Good chance this year he’ll stay in high A ball playing for the Clearwater Threshers, then on to Reading, then to the Iron Pigs.

Here’s Jesse as an 18 year-old warming up for Germantown Friends’ School.  The kid simply looks like a pitcher!

With this off-season workout regimen, it’s easy to envision Mr. Biddle giving serious chase to his boyhood dreams of joining the Phillies rotation.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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