Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … #37

Seranthony Dominguez was your selection for the #36 prospect in the organization with 34 of 154 votes (22%).  JoJo Romero (22 votes, 14%) finished second.

Seranthony Dominguez was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic on May 31, 2012 as a 17-year old.  He spent four years in rookie ball, two in the DSL and two in the GCL, before starting the 2016 season in Williamsport.  He was Rule 5 eligible this past December and was not selected.

Dominguez posted ERAs of 3.48 and 2.96 in his two seasons in the DSL.  He averaged 71.2 innings as a starter, but his metrics weren’t eye popping as he reported to the GCL in 2014.

Stateside, Dominguez made 14 appearances all out of the bullpen and only accumulated 26.0 innings.  But even though his ERA was a respectable 3.12 and he struck out 8.3 batters per nine innings, his his BB/9 rose to 4.8.  (It is notable that he gave up 5 runs in his third appearance and spent the rest of the summer lowering his 7.04 ERA to 3.12 by the end of the season.  However, with only 2 appearances left in his season, opposing batters were hitting at a .286 clip.  Two no-hit appearances lowered his batting average against to .260)

Dominguez made two early appearances in 2015, but sat out the rest of the season for an undisclosed injury.  He attended XST in 2016 and was assigned to Williamsport.  He was promoted to Lakewood after three starts.

In his short stint with the Crosscutters, Dominguez posted a 2.12 ERA in 17.0 innings as a starter, again.  He had a WHIP of 0.706, BB/9 of 2.1, and a K/9 of 7.9.  In ten starts with Lakewood, he posted a 2.42 ERA in 48.1 innings.  He had a WHIP of 1.117, BB/9 of 3.7, and K/9 of 9.3.

Dominguez sports a fastball, change up, and curve ball.  When I first saw him in April of 2015, I reported a FB at 95-96 mph with poor command.  I rarely report negatives, so for me to annotate poor command, it must really have stood out.  However, that was the XST before he went out on the “DL”.

In 2016, his FB sat 92-94 mph, and touched 95 and 96 mph.  His CH was reported to be mid 80s and his CB low 80s.

Even though Dominguez spent his first four seasons in rookie ball, it should be noted that his age was below league average at ALL stops in his career thus far.  And, in an unrelated observation, it appears he fares better as a starter than as a reliever.


Poll to date –

  1. J.P. Crawford
  2. Jorge Alfaro
  3. Mickey Moniak
  4. Roman Quinn
  5. Nick Williams
  6. Franklyn Kilome
  7. Sixto Sanchez
  8. Rhys Hoskins
  9. Dylan Cozens
  10. “C” Randolph
  11. Scott Kingery
  12. Kevin Gowdy
  13. Harold Arauz
  14. Andrew Knapp
  15. Jhailyn Ortiz
  16. Adonis Medina
  17. Mark Appel
  18. Nick Pivetta
  19. Ben Lively
  20. Alberto Tirado
  21. Elniery Garcia
  22. Nick Fanti
  23. Cole Stobbe
  24. Drew Anderson
  25. Andrew Pullin
  26. Carlos Tocci
  27. Ricardo Pinto
  28. Jordan Kurokawa
  29. Thomas Eshelman
  30. Jesse Valentin
  31. Jose Pujols
  32. Bailey Falter
  33. Victor Arano
  34. Daniel Brito
  35. Tyler Viza
  36. Seranthony Dominguez

16 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … #37

  1. Over 150 votes for who could be our 36th best prospect? That’s great! It shows we have smart fans as well as a pretty deep system for number 36 to be that relevant.

    You can safely assume come July, our 6 lottery tickets will only make this list longer. Seranthony could be #42 after we make our trades.

  2. I voted for Irvin but did some Stat spying after and may have buyers remorse. I stacked Irvin against Romero. They are both lefties. Irvin is a full 2 years older. Romero was a 4th round pick last year and Irvin a 5th round pick. They both pitched in 10 games and 45 innings. Irvin had 37 Ks and 8 BBs. Romero was 31 and 11. Irvin had 1.97 ERA and .964 WHIP. Romero had 2.56 and a 1.204.

    For one year stats, I could see Irvin but Romero is 2 years younger and a higher draft pick. If Irvin can double jump to CLW and Romero goes to LKW and they both succeed then Irvin would be the choice in this slot. Irvin is a taller prospect at 6’4″ and Romero at 6′ but Romero is the stockier guy at 190 lbs than the beanpole Irvin at 180. I’m not sure about their stuff so maybe someone can weigh in on that.

    I might have been better suited to flip a coin. When I did, Romero came up heads. I think either is a perfect fit for this slot.

  3. I went for Gamboa, who, I think, will have a break out tear. After looking over-matched at the plate for much of his career, he began to hit well, especially in the clutch, in the final six weeks of the season. he is just about due this year.

    1. I went with Morales just on pure upside at this point but I really couldn’t argue with anyone picking Gamboa, Romero, Irvin, Llovera, Grullon, Suarez, Stephen. Really personal preference at this point and a legitimate argument could be made for 10 or so prospects easily. The amazing thing is I think a lot of these players have pretty legitimate shots to breakout and be on the radar quickly which is a pretty cool thing when we are in the mid to late 30’s in the prospect ranking.

      1. From today’s paper:

        Francisco Morales ($720,000) was viewed as the best pitcher to emerge from Venezuela during last summer’s signing period. He will make his professional debut in 2017.

        “The guy is a flat-out monster,” Agostinelli said of Morales. “If he doesn’t make it, it’s because he gets hurt. The guy is 94, 95 [m.p.h.]. He’s 6-foot-5 and he’s 16 years old with an 85-m.p.h. slider.”

        1. IMO, best pitcher from the Latin market other than the three Cubans.
          And is younger than all of them except same-age Morejon of the Padres, who is a lefty.

  4. Jojo. Partially because his name is cool =)

    Joking aside, thanks for extending this poll! Glad to see so many voters this deep into the voting.

    Hector Nerris was voted 40th in our poll in 2015…who will be this year’s version?

  5. I think we’re forgetting how young Grullon is and how well he’s done behind the plate. I think he can ride his defense all the way to the majors and be a fine defensive backup for years, hence my vote.

    1. I happen to agree with your assessment. Some people liken him as a physical profile to a young version of Carlos Ruiz. But one difference is that Carlos ,at age 23 in Clearwater had a horrific year and his value had dropped as a prospect. Grullon is just starting there and is younger. But I am interested in seeing how Grullon progresses, Carlos rebounded and did well after that year.

    2. He is really good defensively, and in light of BP’s study on how valuable pitch framing is, which Deivy is good at, he’s an easy pick here and even earlier.

      As far as Jojo and Irvin, I would much rather take a sure backup, with a high chance at below average regular catcher, than two guys with a small chance at back-end starter.

      1. Players I think should be ahead of Irvin and Jojo:

        Maybe Garcia, Morales, Llovera, and Ranger

      2. Logan Moore is supposedly a great defensive catcher and hits lefthanded but still has not gotten to majors.
        I am sure there could be an argument on how good his defense is, and what is the defensive threshold for a no hit catcher to be a major league backup.
        Grullon is still a good choice since his floor seems high, and he has years to learn to hit.

  6. I went with Morales here. Pure projection, but with his frame I feel there is a lot of room for growth. Kind of Kilome-esque? Hopefully he adds to the stable of high-upside Latin pitchers the Phils have going on.

    One guy that seems to have lost his luster is Canelo. Think he was top-15 last year and at this rate I’m not sure he’d make a top 45-50. He had a disappointing year, but I still think he is a Freddy Galvis-lite, glove first shortstop if he can hit just a littttttttle bit more. That’s not the sexiest profile but I can see a starter or a super utility guy without squinting too hard.

    1. For me it was a toss up between Morales and Canelo, and decided on Morales because of upside. Either would have been a suitable choice here…

      1. Canelo is all about what hitting amount is enough to make him valuable. His baserunning might give him a bit more value. Reading should improve his hitting stats so I seen him as a sleeper guy.

  7. Re-posting from my yesterday post but took out Seranthony since he was recently voted in. I can’t argue with some of us supporting Francisco Morales, who can be the next Franklin Kilome. Personally, I refrain from ranking J2 prospects until they play in an competitive and organized league.

    Llovera can be a sleeper pick because he can throw mid-90s FB, but he might end up in the pen because of the lack in other secondary pitch. Ranger has good results but lacking in stuff. I voted for Irvin because he can potentially throw a 3 above ave pitch — with his health as the caveat. I believe that the FB velocity is better than Morgan’s.

    The following prospects left in my Top 40:

    #27 Irvin – he’s the most advanced pitching prospect left and will most likely start in CLW. If Eshelman goes up the ladder without an elite stuff, so can Irvin. A pre-injury Morgan is warranted, that’s a #3 ceiling which is valuable.

    #28 Edgar Garcia (20 yo) – pitched as a dominant 19 yo bullpen arm in LWD who can pitch multiple innings highlighted by mid-90s FB and a wipe out SL. He is my sleeper pick in 2017.

    #32 JoJo Romero – WHIP of 1.20 and 6.2K/9. I need to see more.

    #38 Gamboa – I hope he’ll play in LWD. I need to see him play to prove that the tools is more than the stats.

    #40 Grullon (21 yo) – anything you want for a catcher but hit. Still a valuable prospect but recent success in both local and international scouting produced prospects that show very good potential.

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