Sixto Sanchez was your selection as the #7 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Sanchez garnered 56 of the votes. Dylan Cozens (15%) edged Rhys Hoskins for second place by 2 votes.
Sanchez is one of the most talked about prospects in the Phillies’ low minors and maybe the whole organization. He came out of nowhere to be considered among the top prospects in the system.
Sixto Sanchez signed as a 16-year old international free agent in 2015 and played in the Dominican Summer League. He put up some decent numbers in 25.2 innings and started 2 games among his 11 appearances. He faced batters that averaged about 19 years of age and posted a WHIP of 1.481 with 2.1 BB/9 and 6.3 K/9. Opponents were able to get hits though as he allowed 11.2 H/9.
Sanchez wasn’t invited to 2015 Instructs or 2016 Spring Training. A few academy pitchers who were invited included Steiner Carmona, Geury Ortiz, and Oskerlly Sanchez.
Sanchez arrived for XST and quickly made up any lost ground. Pitching against batters that averaged 2.5 years older than he, Sanchez put on a clinic all season.
- He started 11 games and allowed 4 runs, 3 ER in 54.0 innings.
- His two three-inning starts were due to rain delays.
- He never allowed more than one run during an appearance.
- He walked 2 batters once, 8 batters total.
- He struck out 44 batters, high of 8, low of 1.
- He gave up 33 hits, 4 XBH, 0 HR.
- He pitched 6.0 innings twice, a 1-hitter and a 2-hitter (0 BB in each game).
- He went 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA.
Sanchez improved on his 2015 numbers – 0.759 WHIP, 5.5 H/9, 1.3 BB/9, and 7.3 K/9.
I read that 2016 was his second season as a pitcher. I also found paperwork from XST that stated back then that he is 6’0 and 185 lbs.
I saw Sanchez throw his fastball 93-98 mph during the season, mostly 95-96 mph. Early in the season Chris King had him 91-95 mph in a couple starts and recorded him at 99 mph later in the season. He has a low 80’s change and an upper 70’s curve. Toward the end of the season he was working on a 91 mph slider.
It’s really interesting speculating Sanchez’ future. His ceiling could be quite high, but he’s a young pitcher with a bright future and extreme risk due to his youth and distance from the majors.
I can’t wait to see him this spring. Since he only has 80 career innings, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in short-season ball this season with a possible late call up to full season in August.
Next up is your selection for the #8 prospect in the organization.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
Don’t forget to visit the poll in 2017 Phuture Phillies Reader Top 30 Poll – Additional Prospects Poll to cast your ballot for the prospects you think should be added to the remaining polls. Over 3800 votes have been cast. If you’ve already participated, thank you. The leaders remain Ben Lively, Andrew Pullin, Carlos Tocci, Jose Pujols, and Jesse Valentin. Lively has been listed on the most ballots. The poll will close Friday night.
They top vote recipients will begin appearing in the next poll which will be available Sunday night. Merry Christmas!