Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 1/20/12

A team that has stripped significant young talent four times since July 2009, the Phillies still have a handful of desirable prospects. According to MLB.com’s draft and prospect expert Jonathan Mayo, the Phils currently have the ninth-best lefthanded pitching prospect and catching prospect.

Hometown boy Jesse Biddle of Germantown Friends was the Phils’ lone pitching representative on Mayo’s list. The 6-foot-4 lefty struck out 124 batters in 133 innings last season at Lakewood, serving up just five home runs en route to a 2.98 ERA. Referring to his mid-90s fastball, mid-80s changeup and low-70s curveball, Mayo describes Biddle as “having a chance to have three above average-to-plus pitches when all is said and done.”

Baseball America ranks Biddle the Phils’ No. 2 prospect behind righthanded pitcher Trevor May, who struck out 208 batters in 151 innings last season at Clearwater.

Catcher Sebastian Valle also checked in at No. 9 overall on Mayo’s list for his respective position.

Mayo says, of Valle: “[He] has good bat speed and should grow into more power, especially if he can learn better plate discipline. He’s very agile behind the plate and throws well, giving him all the skills to be an excellent all-around catcher in the future.”

The Phils are likely thrilled to still have a catching prospect as highly regarded as Valle, as they traded the No. 3 catcher on Mayo’s list just two winters ago. Though no matter how successful a major leaguer Travis d’Arnaud becomes … Roy Halladay is Roy Halladay.

For more statistical musings from Corey Seidman, visit Brotherly Glove and CSNPhilly.com’s Phillies Talk.
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