On the back fields with… Jesse Biddle

We head to the back fields of Spring Training to chat with Phillies first-round pick Jesse Biddle. The Eastern PA high school product is a big, strong left-hander who clearly has a maturity that belies his years.

He’s also a great poster boy for why it’s good to sign early. The No. 27 overall pick last June signed very quickly after being taken by his hometown team and he got 43 2/3 innings of professional work under his belt before the 2010 season ended. That served as a great springboard to earning a spot with full-season Lakewood to begin this season.

He’s made two starts as of this post, with mixed results. On April 17, he was part of a pretty good South Atlantic League matchup, facing No. 1 pick Bryce Harper. Hagerstown knocked Biddle around a bit and Harper went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the game.

When I caught up with Biddle, he was getting ready for what will be a very long first full season. We spoke about how to prepare for a 140-game season and what it’s like to put on a uniform for the team he grew up watching. Check out the edited, shorter version of our chat right here.

And for those of you with a little more time on your hands, here’s the long version. After this, I’ve got just one more first-round pick conversation from my time down in Florida.

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