READING LEFTHANDER Jesse Biddle was named the Eastern League's pitcher of the week on Monday.
Biddle, the Germantown Friends graduate who was the Phillies' first-round draft pick in 2010, was 1-0 for the week with 26 strikeouts and an 0.00 earned run average for the Fightin Phils. In two starts, he allowed two hits, no earned runs and walked five over 13 innings.
Biddle struck out 16 in a win at Harrisburg, breaking the modern franchise record of 13 by Adam Walker (2001) and Randy Wolf (1999).
In his next start, Biddle struck out 10 and allowed only one hit in six innings.
Biddle, 21, leads the league in strikeouts (40) and batting average against (.114). Biddle also ranks among the Eastern League leaders in WHIP (0.77-2nd), innings pitched (31.0-3rd), and ERA (1.74-4th).