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Draft Notebook Excerpt – Jesse Biddle

I put up an excerpt on Jesse Biddle on my chat today, and I wanted to share it with the rest of my readers on here:

Jesse Biddle   Position: LHP/OF   School: Germantown Friends HS
State: PA   Height: 6’6’’   Weight: 225

Bats: L   Throws: L   Birth Date: 10/22/91
Player Rating: XXX   Commitment: Oregon

Jesse Biddle jumped onto the prospect scene thanks to his eye-catching size on the mound. However, don’t let the Philadelphia native fool you, because he packs plenty of athleticism into his body. The first thing you’ll always hear about Biddle is how much scouts drool over his projectability, and some would compare his projectability favorably to anyone in the entire 2010 prep class. Biddle’s current pitch selection is good as well, despite being a cold-weather pitcher. His fastball is usually an upper-80s pitch with good life, and if he learns how to use it on a downhill plane with his size, he could be a true power pitcher with groundball tendencies. Some scouts project Biddle to sit 92-95 before all is said and done, as there’s plenty to dream on with his frame. Biddle’s slow curve projects as a future below-average pitch, but if he adds velocity to it with his fastball, it could be an average big league pitch with time. He hasn’t messed around with a changeup a lot, but he has flashed a below-average mid-70s pitch that is unpredictable in its future grade. Biddle has true top of the rotation upside, and teams that believe in that could take him as high as the second round. His Oregon scholarship may cost $1 million or more, but he’ll probably be worth it in the end.

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February 17, 2010 - Posted by | MLB Draft Notebook

3 Comments »

  1. Andy, how much stock do you put into projectability. From your scouting report, it sounds as though Biddle doesn’t have much to offer right now, meaning his entire draft status is based on what he may become. In my book, that is a big factor. Anything and everything can happen to this kid, is someone like him really worth a million dollar investment?

    Comment by Jeffrey | February 22, 2010 | Reply

    • It really is all about risk and reward. Biddle does have some good current qualities now, and I think he’s not as risky as some prep arms. He could easily flame out, but it’s about what kind of risk you’re willing to take as an organization. Every club is different, and Biddle would probably be a 6th or 7th round guy for me that I pay $750,000-$1 million to take a chance on him. Giving up early draft slots for over slot prep pitchers isn’t advisable in the 2nd round range, as the track record there is simply not good, but he’s worth throwing some money at to see what he has.

      Comment by andyseiler | February 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. thanks for the reply, I agree with your answer, if you have the money to spend on these high risk types at later rounds, it’s not a bad idea.

    Comment by Jeffrey | February 23, 2010 | Reply


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