Phillies' Minor Details
1. Jesse Biddle has been out of action since he was placed on the temporary inactive list on June 26 for a mental break. Biddle, The Inquirer's fifth-ranked Phillies prospect, has been working in Clearwater since, and Phillies director of player developme
1. Jesse Biddle has been out of action since he was placed on the temporary inactive list on June 26 for a mental break. Biddle, The Inquirer's fifth-ranked Phillies prospect, has been working in Clearwater since, and Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said Thursday that the Germantown Friends product is on his way back to feeling confident on the mound again. "I think he's really back to himself right now," Jordan said. "He's very, very relaxed, his throwing sessions have been really good." The Phillies still do not have a time line for the lefthander's return. Jordan said Biddle will let them know when he feels ready to return, but the organization and Biddle are more confident that it will happen this season than they were when the break began. Jordan arrived in Florida on Thursday and planned to speak with Biddle and watch him pitch. "It's all positive," Jordan said. "It's good right now, so we'll see what happens."
2. The Phillies promoted second-round draft pick Matt Imhof, 20, to Lakewood from Williamsport on Wednesday. Imhof, a lefthander and The Inquirer's 14th-ranked Phillies prospect, pitched 12 innings for Williamsport in three starts, going 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA. "He pitches with his fastball, he's got deception, and he kept the ball at the bottom of the zone," Jordan said.
3. Reading lefthander Adam Loewen has strung together four consecutive quality starts in his comeback attempt. Jordan believes the 30-year-old is still rounding into form as he returns to pitching after playing in the outfield since 2009. The Orioles drafted Loewen fourth overall as a pitcher in the 2002 draft, 13 picks before the Phillies selected Cole Hamels. In eight starts for Reading, Loewen is 1-3 with a 3.99 ERA. "He's more of a pitcher now," Jordan said. "He was a stuff guy back in the day."
4. Cord Sandberg has started to find his groove at the plate in his second professional season, at Williamsport. The 19-year-old, a Phillies third-round pick in 2013 and The Inquirer's 13th-ranked Phillies prospect, hit .207 with a .272 slugging percentage last year in 169 at-bats for the Gulf Coast Phillies. This year, he was hitting .267 with a .405 slugging percentage through 116 at-bats as of Thursday. "Compared to last year, I'm a lot more comfortable," Sandberg said. "I've been able to, at times, use my legs more and use different parts of the field and barrel up some more balls."
5. Roman Quinn, The Inquirer's sixth-ranked Phillies prospect, had five RBIs for Clearwater on Thursday. The game came in the midst of a rough stretch for him. In his previous nine games, he was 2 for 29.