Second baseman Cesar Hernandez of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs is the Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for April. Pitching honors go to left-hander Jesse Biddle of the Reading Fightin Phils.
Hernandez, a member of the Phillies 40-man roster, batted .375 for the month with a .917 OPS. The 22-year-old's 36 hits in April led the International League and were tied for fourth-best in Minor League Baseball.
A native of Valencia, Venezuela, Hernandez ended the month in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak where he was batting .413 (19-for-46). The switch-hitter hit safely in 19 of his 23 games, while tallying multiple hits in 11 of those contests.
Hernandez was a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts during April after swiping 21 bases last year between double-A Reading and Lehigh Valley.
Biddle, selected in the first round of the June 2010 draft out of Germantown Friends School (PA), went 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA over five starts in the month of April. The Philadelphia native struck out 40 batters while walking only 12 in 31.0 innings of work.
The 6-foot-5 lefty flirted with perfection on April 22 at Harrisburg before issuing a walk in the seventh inning. He struck out 16 Senators on the night which was the most by a Reading pitcher in nearly 12 years.
Biddle, 21, has allowed only 18 hits in 105 at-bats and his .114 average against is tops in Minor League Baseball.