H/W: 6-5, 230 lbs
Acquired: Claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh (3/16)
Current Salary: $507,500
Team Control: 5 seasons (through 2021)
Combined WAR: (no MLB debut)
The Outfield Fly Ruling
A former top prospect in the Phillies organization, everything started going wrong for Biddle in 2014. In a repeat of AA Reading, where he’d been pretty successful in ’13, his K rate fell by 5%, his HR rate nearly doubled, and his ERA ballooned to 5.03. In 2015, it got even worse. He gave up more hits than ever, and the K-rate dropped another 5%. At the end of 2015, it was decided that he needed the dreaded Tommy John Surgery. We haven’t seen Biddle since then except on the transaction page. Philadelphia traded him to Pittsburgh last February. The Pirates tried to pass him through waivers a month later, and Atlanta pounced. Biddle should return to the mound sometime before the 2017 all-star break. He’s on the 40-man roster, but with 2 options remaining, Atlanta can be reasonably patient if they think he can make it back? (- B. Blackwell, ’16-’17 offseason)
The OFR Scouting Report
- Four-seam Fastball
- Two-seam fastball
Stamina – 45 ↑↑↑
Biddle was exclusively a starter prior to surgery, and it’s still within the realm of possibility for him to return to starting. Just because it’s possible doesn’t mean it’s probable, though.
Walk Avoidance – 30
Control was never Biddle’s calling card, so there’s no reason to think adding TJ Surgery into the formula will magically fix everything.
Strikeout Ability – 40 ↑↑↑↑↑↑
There remains the possibility of big strikeout potential, but the current grade can’t reliably be high considering his K rate plummeted in 2015 before his surgery. Perhaps the surgery corrects it. Perhaps it doesn’t. Wait and see. Biddle will need the K’s to make a career out of it, I think.
Groundball Induction – 40
Biddle throws a two-seamer, but it’s not his primary pitch. Perhaps meeting the right pitching coach could change his course in this regard, but for now, batters will take to the skies.
20-80 scale, where 20 will prevent you from reaching the bigs, 30 is terrible, 40 is below average, 50 is MLB average, 60 is plus, 70 is plus-plus, and 80 is HOF-level. The OFR Scouting Report is based mostly on statistical forecasting models such as ZiPs, PECOTA, etc. Arrows indicate projected room for growth or decline, with each representing a 5 point movement on the 20-80 scale.
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