Phillies left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle struck out 10 batters in seven innings on Wednesday for Double-A Reading.
Biddle allowed two hits and walked one batter in his best start of the season. Biddle threw 111 pitches, inducing seven groundouts, six flyouts, zero line drives, and two popups. He sports a 2.86 ERA and a 12.1 K/9 rate, while batters are hitting .213/.265/.352 off him. Biddle is rapidly climbing the Phillies pitching depth chart, and could make his appearance with his hometown Phillies later this season.
Pirates prospect first baseman Stetson Allie hit two home runs on Wednesday, bringing his season line to .291/.400/.655 for Double-A Altoona.
He is hitting .444/.565/1.222 over his past five games with four walks, four strikeouts, two doubles, and four home runs. Allie has taken major steps forward this year, most notable is his significant decrease in his strikeout rate. He also has a career low .287 BABIP, which indicates that his batting average could see an increase. He still strikes out too much, but he may be a viable stash option in the deepest of leagues.