Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #18 Prospect

Seranthony Dominguez was your selection as the #17 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Dominguez won a very close race receiving 63 of 293 votes (22%).  He barely beat out Nick Fanti (61, 21%).  Darick Hall finished third (37, 13%), Arquimedes Gamboa finished fourth (32, 11%), Kyle Young finished fifth (23, 8%), and Francisco Morales finished sixth (18, 6%). Eighteen players split the remaining 59 votes. 

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 after the 2016 season but was not selected.  After the 2017 season he was placed on the 40-man roster.this past December and was not selected.

Dominguez started the 2017 season in Clearwater.  He got out of the gate fast, winning all three decisions in 6 starts and a relief appearance while posting a 2.02 ERA in 35.2 IP. Opponents had a .187 batting average.  He walked 13 (3.9 BB/9) and struck out 45 (11.4 K/9) of the 139 batters he faced.

However an injury sidelined Dominguez for a large chunk of the season.  He returned for seven starts and a relief appearance at the end of the season and posted a 1-4 record with a 5.74 ERA in 26.2 IP. Opponents had a .283 batting average.  He walked 17 (5.7 BB/9) and struck out 30 (10.1 K/9) of the 121 batters he faced.

I saw four of his starts.  He was clearly brought back early from his GCL rehab appearances. His velocity had returned but he struggled with command.  My guess is that the Phillies felt he could work on his command against FSL batters rather than the weaker GCL batters. His low innings count can be attributed to the pitch count he was on when he returned.  Except for his last start when he lasted just 0.2 innings, he threw 75 or more pitches in six starts and 80 only once.

Dominguez throws a fastball, change up, and curve ball.  Before his injury, his FB was reported by several people (including me) to be 94-97 mph, touching 98.  Threshers Twitter reported him touching 99 in an early April game I missed.  After his return nine weeks later, his FB was reported (mostly by me) to be 94-97 mph, touching 98 a couple of outings.  He clearly didn’t experience any velocity loss due to his injury.

There has been a lot of speculation that Dominguez will eventually move to the bull pen. I’ve heard a decision has been made, and he’ll likely be there this spring.  It should be noted that he made 7 relief appearances in the DWL and wasn’t very effective in that role, walking 9 and striking out 8 in 7.1 innings.

Next up is your selection for the #18 prospect in the organization.


2018 Readers’ Poll, so far –

  1. Sixto Sanchez
  2. Scott Kingery
  3. J.P. Crawford
  4. Jhailyn Ortiz
  5. Jorge Alfaro
  6. Adam Haseley
  7. Adonis Medina
  8. Franklyn Kilome
  9. Mickey Moniak
  10. JoJo Romero
  11. Roman Quinn
  12. Enyel De Los Santos
  13. Cornelius Randolph
  14. Tom Eshelman
  15. Dylan Cozens
  16. Ranger Suarez
  17. Seranthony Dominguez


31 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #18 Prospect

  1. Why is Cole Stobbe getting no love in this area? 8 homers in under 200 at bats seems like nothing to sneeze at. Sure he had some struggles but he’s still a legit prospect in my eyes.

    1. Way too many strikeouts, basically. It’s hard to be a legit prospect if you can’t hit the ball. I haven’t given up but he’s outside the top 30.

        1. Me too, unfortunately. I dropped that comp early last year and no one was enthused. Can’t blame ‘em.

  2. My #18 pick is McKenzie Mills. He came to the Phillies from the Nationals. He had pitched not long before against Lakewood and pitched well. It will be interesting to see how he does in Clearwater, where, I think, he will start in April. He had been for a very short time in A+ before being traded. He has a number of pitches as I remember and adequate command of them. he lacks the blazing velocity everyone cherishes, but knows how to pitch, at least, from what I imagined from following the game on Gamecast.

    1. Thank you. I was just thinking about him and how little I’ve heard him talked about here. I think he could be a breakout candidate this year.

    2. I have Mills coming up soon. I think he gets overlooked because he pitched in another system; if he was a Phillie from the start then people would be more aware of him. I still have him below Gamboa, Brito, Morales and Howard though.

    3. Clearwater will have a terrific rotation with Sanchez, Medina, Suarez, Fanti, Falter, and Mills. I actually have Mills lower, at 34, but I hope you’re right on him.

  3. My candidate for a breakout year from the lower minors is C Rafael Marchan. Not only do I think he’ll make the top 30, but possibly top 20. He, along with Brayan Gonzalez and Francisco Morales, have been on my radar since they were first signed.

    1. And Brito at ten.
      Wonder how they will rate Bryan Gonzalez and Luis Garcia in another year or so since their upside was considered slightly higher than Gamboa and Brito when they were originally signed.

      1. I’m on Gamboa, then Brito, and then Morales but I have Gonzalez up soon also. Garcia could be good also based on what they paid. Lots of talent here to be sure. If Gamboa or Brito get stronger, they will be ready to go. They’re both very skilled but had opposite seasons. Brito started hot and ended cold while Gamboa started cold but ended hot.

  4. I went Brito over Gamboa very slightly and both very slightly over Anderson, Mills and Fanti. Through 25 they are tightly bunched, and I can’t remember a Top 30 as strong as this group.

  5. I voted for Morales. He’s my #15 ahead of #17 Seranthony, #19 Gamboa, #20 Brito, #21 Gonzalez and #22 Guzman.

    Morales’ FB is legit – it can project to an easy mid to upper 90s with movement. While some will point to the BB/9 = 4.3, control issues as a 17-18 yo is something that can still be fixed.

    Morales might end up as a better prospect than Kilome or Medina when he reach A/A+ with a true TOR potential as both FB-CB combo that have plus potential, an improving CU that can be at least average and the ability to control his pitches,

    1. Maybe. But he was suppose to start some throwing by mid-January, which is about now. So there can be the possibility he will be pitching some by September or perhaps ’18 FIL.

      1. He’s looking like one of those young pitchers that goes missing early on with numerous disclosed and undisclosed injuries and about 4 years later, when nobody is looking in mid-June, gets released. I get it. It happens. What burns me up is that I think the team may have intentionally not taken the BPA on their board in 2016 for the added “bonus” of signing the consolation pick for less money and also getting this guy. Lesson # 1,000 on why you always take the BPA.

        1. yes…..those young pitchers…normally many HSers, seem to play Russian roulette with elbow or shoulder injuries in their first or second year of professional baseball..
          The attrition rate is pretty high.
          Appears now that BPA would have been Tennessee’s Senzel.

          1. Uh yeah, which I’ve said I can live with (teams make the wrong pick all the time), except if they had Senzel #1 on their board but didn’t pick him because they were trying to save money down the line. I guess we will never know the truth on that one.

  6. After looking at the lower level pitching prospects, what would the Lakewood rotation look like at start of season? Young, Seabold, Howard? Could Morales skip Williamsport?

    1. Seasold, Howard, Young will highlight LWD’s staff and will be joined by Requena and Ramos Posso. I can see LWD employing a 6-man rotation so Parkinson (possibly the dark horse in the LWD pitching staff), Julian Garcia and Will Stewart might start too and eventually Jakob Hernandez will join them in June.

    2. I think Howard has a chance to start in Clearwater, but if not he’ll headline the Lakewood staff. Young is a shoe-in. After that, Seabold, Rosso, Stewart and Andrew Brown would be my guess. I would be surprised if they don’t use a 6-man rotation.

      1. They’ll definitely use a 6 man rotation, I agree with you. Young, Howard, and Seabold are a given. The Clearwater rotation is too crowded for Howard to start there, unless another starter there is moved to the pen unexpectedly. The other 3 spots will be between Armas, Carrasco, Garcia, Rosso, Parkinson, Brown, and Hernandez. That’s 7 guys for 3 spots with the text in the pen. Morales will be sent to Wsport, he’s very young. He’ll be joined there by Mezquita, Lindow, Rosario, Silva, and Jimenez. Plus another draft crop (lessened by Santana’s lost pick).

        1. Assuming that the guys in the mix for Clearwater are Sixto, Medina, Mills, Garcia, Falter, Fanti and Requena… I think Howard is a better prospect than the last 3-4 guys listed and also older. If the team thinks he’s ready for the assignment (and he probably should be given where he was drafted and how they talked him up) then he should be there.

          1. Not Garcia, Suarez but you make a good point. It could be that they push Suarez to Reading to take Elniery Garcia’s spot and move Howard up.

            1. Yeah I was thinking Suarez would probably be in AA also. Edgar Garcia in Clearwater, but he’s often projected as a reliever eventually anyway.

              Quite a logjam we have. I thought it would be partially cleared up via trade but maybe not.

    1. the system is very deep. Looking at some of the top prospect rankings, I am a little concerned about how many of our prospects have high ceilings. we have a lot of prospects who will contribute in the majors but not sure how many will be truly impactful

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