Skip to main content

Biddle & Franco to Rep Phils in All-Star Futures Game

Left-handed pitcher Jesse Biddle and third baseman Maikel Franco were named as the Phillies' representatives at the MLB All-Star Futures Game set to be played on July 14th at New York's Citi Field.  Biddle, the Phils' top draft choice from 2010, will play for the United States team while the Dominican born Franco will be a member of the World team.

Bidde, 21, sports a 3-7 record with a 3.21 ERA with two complete games, a 10.07 K/9 mark and a .189 batting average against through 15 starts with Double-A Reading this season.  Biddle, who was also named an Eastern League All-Star on Wednesday, began the season at a torrid pace, tallying a 1.74 ERA in five April starts, but he has slipped since that time as he has posted a 4.11 mark in his last 10 outings.

Franco, 20, was promoted to Double-A last week after the young slugger mashed Class A Advanced Florida State League opposition to the tune of a .299/.349/.576 line.  Thus far in seven games with Reading, the righty hitter has gone 14-for-29 (.483 avg) with a double, a triple, three home runs and seven RBI.

Biddle and Franco were ranked 1st and 4th respectively in this year's prospect rankings by PhilliesNation.com.

Last year the Phillies sent two Reading hurlers to the annual minor league showcase played each year on the Sunday just prior to the All-Star break. Righty pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla, who was dealt to Texas as part of the Michael Young trade last off-season, injured himself at the team hotel in Kansas City last year and missed considerable time following his failure to appeare in the game.  Bonilla has posted a 5-5 record with an 8.14 ERA in 25 games for Triple-A Round Rock.  Another right-hander Julio Rodriguez, who was dealt this spring for minor league outfielder Ronnie Welty who lasted 15 games in the Phils organization before he was released, recently began an injury rehab assignment with Baltimore's Gulf Coast League team making his first appearance since the opening week of the regular season.  Rodriguez served up a damaging homer in last year's contest.

Additionally, for Reading, first baseman Jim Murphy (.297 avg, 15 HR, 47 RBI) and second baseman Albert Cartwright (.248 avg, 4 HR, 20 RBI) were also named as Eastern League All-Stars.  Murphy, 27, was the Phils' 17th round draft pick out of Washington State University in 2008.  The 25-year-old Cartwright was acquired from Houston prior to the 2011 season, in a trade for Sergio Escalona.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

This Guy Speaks For All of You

This individual, interviewed by FOX 29 on Friday as the Phillies arrived back at Citizens Bank Park, said it best. When asked how he felt regarding the Phillies, he told Steve Keeley that he was, "Stoked, baby!" The unidentified phanatic then proclaimed, "We are talking about the Fightins here, the Fightins! Said!" Check out the media player below, as the transcribed version certainly does not do this phireball of phandom justice. The Phillies forced game 6 of the National League Championship Series with a 4-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday night. Game 6 will feature Roy Oswalt vs. Jonathan Sanchez in a return pitching match up from game 2. First pitch is scheduled for 7:57 pm EST at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Be sure to tune in on 97.3 ESPN's Weekend Sports Guide with Tyrone Johnson this afternoon around 1:15pm to hear me chatting about the Phillies! 97.3 is based in Atlantic City. You can listen live online HERE . _________

Who is Your Favorite Willie 'Mays' Hayes?

PhoulBallz.com is wondering which individual who has portrayed Willie "Mays" Hayes is the favorite of the public. Hayes, of course, is the character made famous in the Major League motion picture series. In Major League , Willie "Mays" Hayes was portrayed by budding Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes, who would go on to action movie superstardom. Snipes has starred in major motion pictures like the Blade trilogy, Passenger 57 , Undisputed and many more. Snipes remains an impact Hollywood actor, despite legal troubles related to income tax evasion. Snipes was replaced for the sequel, Major League II when his busy career, and possibly the film's budget, would not allow him to return, by Omar Epps. Another budding actor, Epps had previously worked with director David S. Ward, on the film The Program , and landed the role of Hayes, who had become a Hollywood action star over the off-season that occured between the two films. Epps' career portraying athletes rol

Wassup with dat? Vito Friscia edition

Friscia, image- Jay Floyd What's up with that Vito Friscia guy?  Well, he's a 24-year-old righty batting catcher that was drafted by the Phillies out of Hofstra University in 2019 with the team's final selection, 1200th overall, in the 40th round. But what's his deal?  Friscia opened the season with Class A Advanced Jersey Shore, where, in 16 games, he notched a .264 batting average with a pair of home runs, five doubles and seven RBI.  Last week, when Triple-A Lehigh Valley needed a reserve backstop, Friscia was promoted to fill their void.  When Rafael Marchan returned from a short stint in the big leagues, Friscia was assigned to the Double-A Reading roster.   Is he just a backup catcher?  For now, it seems that's his role.  But check out this quote from BlueClaws skipper Chris Adamson from earlier this month when I asked him about which player stood out to him as a guy that deserved recognition, but may not be getting it. "Vito Friscia is a guy that, earl