Brandon Apter (@bapter23), Publishing Editor
There is no beating around the bush with Jesse Biddle. The former Phillies first round pick, who was designated for assignment lat week, has been nothing but a disappointment and this past season was no exception. After surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow this past October, Biddle will not pitch until at least 2017. He'll wait to see if any team takes a chance on him on waivers, but he knows that his recent step back will likely keep teams from taking a chance. If he passes through waivers, he'll likely stay on with the Phillies organization and hope to contribute when he can in 2017. Biddle understood the move to designate him for assignment, especially with the team constantly looking for ways to add young talent to the mix.