With the 27th overall pick, the Phillies did what we thought they might, and popped Germantown Friends School southpaw Jesse Biddle. Andy Seiler from MLB Bonus Baby was kind enough to make Biddle's full profile free on his website, and here's a brief excerpt...
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My own take is similar to that of James from Phuture Phillies: the Phillies didn't grab the absolute most talented player on the board, but it's by no means a bad pick. Power lefties don't grow on trees, and the Phillies should probably get the benefit of the doubt with Biddle being from their backyard (they did, after all, do pretty well in focusing on and then drafting New Jersey hurler Jason Knapp back in 2008). Biddle should sign for slot money, and if recent draft history is anything to go by, the Phillies will likely try to sign a few overslot guys in later rounds -- and if the money "saved" by nabbing Biddle instead of, say, Stetson Allie, nets them an extra overslot guy or two, then the selection makes a lot of sense.
The Phils and the rest of MLB are back at it tomorrow at noon for Rounds 2 through 30. We'll have a rundown of the picks and some thoughts and comments tomorrow evening sometime.