Jesse Biddle has been one of the more frustrating prospects in the Phillies minor league system. At times, he looks like the type of pitcher that the Phillies hoped he would become, only to slide backward and look like a pitcher unable to get minor league hitters out with consistency, let alone major league hitters. Now, Biddle will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2016 season.
Biddle, who has yet to make his major league debut after being drafted by the Phillies with the 27th overall pick in the 2010 Draft, went 9-6 with a 4.95 ERA this season between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six minor league seasons, Biddle is 40-45 with a 3.82 ERA in 133 games.
Recovery from Tommy John surgery generally takes 12 to 18 months, meaning that Biddle isn't likely to be ready until spring training in 2017.
The surgery will be done by team physician Michael Ciccotti on October 14th. After getting an original diagnosis of a torn UCL, Biddle sought a second opinion, which confirmed the original diagnosis. Interim general manager Scott Proefrock made the announcement prior to the season-ending game for the Phillies.