Franco’s, seen here in 2012, 2013 performance has put him in the MLB Futures Game. Photo by Jay Floyd
Lefty Jesse Biddle and third baseman Maikel Franco have been selected to play in the 15th Annual MLB Futures Game at Citi Field on Sunday, July 14. Biddle with pitch for the US squad while Franco will represent the World team.
Biddle, 21, has a 3.29 ERA in 14 starts, with a 1.197 WHIP. The jump from High-A Clearwater to Double-A Reading has not phased Germantown Friends’ Biddle: Biddle has increased his strikeouts per 9 IP by almost a full K in 2013. Biddle hasn’t be as efficient as he was last year limiting walks but his 1.197 WHIP is a career-low and his 91 Ks leads the Eastern League.
Franco, 20, has clubbed his way to Double-A after hitting a career-high 16 home runs in just 288 PAs for High-A Clearwater. Franco posted a career-high triple-slash in that time period (.299/.347/.576) and combined it with excellent glove work. Franco’s early performance with Reading has been awesom...