Minor league games are underway, and as usual, daily recaps are available on the Lakewood Blueclaws Blog. Here’s a short summary from this week.
Left-hander Jesse Biddle, considered by some the best prospect in the Phillies’ chain, allowed eight runs (might have been only six - unclear) on eight hits, including a grand slam, in Clearwater’s 12-4 loss in Tampa. Biddle’s first start was a success, however, pitching three no-hit innings Friday, followed by two shutout relief innings by Lisalberto Bonilla. Bonilla, considered the 12th best prospect in the Phillies’ system, according to Baseball America, also pitched a shutout inning on Monday. … Meanwhile, third baseman Maikel Franco hit a pair of round-trippers in Clearwater’s loss Wednesday. Franco, the 10th best prospect according to BA, figures start the season in Low-A Lakewood.