The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports former Phillies ace Roy Halladay will meet with Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle in Clearwater as Biddle has been given a "mental break" by the organization.
Biddle, 22, is 3-9 with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP in 15 starts for Double-A Reading this season. He has already allowed more home runs this season (11) than he did in any other season of his professional career. In addition to the increase in home runs, Biddle has also seen a decrease in strikeouts as his strikeout-per-nine is down to 8.7, the lowest it has been since his first full season at Single-A Lakewood in 2011 when it was at 8.4.
Two All-Star seasons, two Division Championships, a Cy Young isn't bad for a four-year stint in Philadelphia for Roy Halladay. He should be able to provide valuable advice for overcoming deficiencies. Halladay struggled early in his career and many believed the 1996 first round pick might turn out to be a bust. Halladay turned it around so hopefully he can help Biddle turn it around too.
Halladay posted a 55-29 record with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in four seasons in Philadelphia. His struggles over the last two seasons were clear in the numbers going 15-13 with a 5.15 ERA but was 40-16 with a 2.40 ERA in his first two seasons in Philadelphia. The injuries derailed him.
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