The team announced they have invited third baseman Maikel Franco, left-handed pitchers Jesse Biddle and Mario Hollands, right-handed pitcher Ken Giles, and catcher Sebastian Valle.
Franco, 21, was the talk-of-the-town in Philadelphia for a large portion of the season on his way to earning the 2013 Paul Owens award as the team's top minor league player. He was spectacular for Single-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Franco hit .320/.356/.569 with 31 home runs and 103 RBIs between both levels. In 69 Double-A games, he batted .339/.363/.563 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs.
Biddle, 22, spent all of last season in Double-A Reading and had an up-and-down year to say the least. He went 5-14 with 3.64 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP but did turn in a 14 strikeout performance early in the season. Command seemed to be the big issue plaguing Biddle and he is expected to begin the season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Valle, 23, is interesting as he was a former top catching prospect for the Phillies but was designated for assignment in December.
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